The Road - Changing Hues

Materials: Sterling silver, shibuichi, copper, fine silver
Dimensions: 75mm X 30mm X 8mm

Mokume gane hollow bracelet.

Photo credit: Anthony McLean

Pierre-Yves Paquette
Pierre-Yves Jewelry
Saint-Colomban, Quebec. Canada

Hoping to quench his thirst for creation, Pierre-Yves embarked on a college degree in Mechanical Engineering before realizing that this was not the life for him; something else was out there. Two years later came the certainty that he wanted to work with the fascinating medium of metal. He was accepted at the Montreal Jewelry School (?cole de joaillerie de Montr?al), where he learned the basics of his trade with Montreal's finest jewelers. He graduated with honors in 2000 from the Montreal Jewelry School, where he now teaches.

Pierre-Yves stands out as an innovative and unconventional artist. Since his debut he has collected many honors, including the privilege of being chosen as the designer of the 2010 medal for the prestigious Prix du Qu?bec and the winner of a 2012 NICHE Awards trophy. Pierre-Yves's unique creations feature strong lines, sculpted in powerful materials. He fashions each object by drawing upon a concept, an idea, and every piece of jewelry is an expression of artistic form in relationship with the body. Pierre-Yves's technical skill and artistry bring to life unique, elegant creations. His unique style is rooted in the ancient Japanese technique of mokume gane combined with simple, yet complex lines.

The exhibition explores metal works whose primary theme is color embraced as their primary visual focus, whether that be using colored materials, exploring creating colored surfaces, or encasing the object in color.

As the world's largest jewelry related internet site, Ganoksin strives to develop exhibitions showcasing work from around the world. This exhibition was open to all metalsmiths, professional and amateur, advanced and beginner.

In total 303 artists contributed 814 show pieces for the permanent online exhibition.

The exhibition was curated by Beth Wicker, President of the North Carolina Society of Goldsmiths in the United States, and Adjunct Instructor at Northeastern Technical College in South Carolina. Director of the exhibition is Hanuman Aspler, founder of The Ganoksin Project, the world's largest internet jewelry site.

Hue is one of the primary properties of color, it refers to the place the color occupies on the visual spectrum. Humans have used hues throughout time, to create cave paintings, to decorate themselves, their clothing and their housing.

Different hues have taken on different meanings throughout time. Gold traditionally has been a color of purity - the metal gold is relatively unchangeable, and the hue of gold has come to stand for gods and goddesses, for royalty, for durability and for purity. Red has often meant love, or passion. Hues often reflect the meaning of the seasons, with pastels referring to spring and the burst of new life after the pale hues of winter. Summer is reflected in vibrant, deep hues, followed by the browning of hues in the fall as plants go to seed and die, and the land turns fallow.

The worth of a hue has often been tied to what is necessary to make the pigment that creates the hue, and the expensive involved in the process. Often created from crushed stones that had to be mined and carried by caravan over thousands of miles, or from fermented roots of plants only grown in certain areas, or the carapaces of rare insects - the creation of hue in a way that could be used by man was an involved and generally expensive process.

In today's world metalsmiths have access to perhaps the widest range of materials and hues in the history of man - and in some of the most affordable ways ever.

This exhibition celebrates hue - color - as an integral, inherent element of the work. We talk of the "richness" of color, and examples of this abound here. One expects hues from the colors of gemstones used in metalsmithing, but we also have hues from some less expected places. Glass enamels are an ancient way of adding color, as are a variety of patinas. Today's artists also use synthetic man-made materials to add color in ways that didn't exist a century ago.

We invite you to enjoy this celebration of hue, and the ways hues and their use have changed over time.