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The Wall - Differences Unite Us

Materials: Sterling silver, CZ’s, Rhodium plating.

This two finger ring is inspired by contemporary architecture. A clean geometric form with a touch of ‘bling’.

Photo credit: Haydn Gonzales

Josanne Asha Mark
Port of Spain
trinidad and Tobago

Passion is the womb from which all artists emerge. As an artist I am driven by an intrinsic passion for unique forms, both organic and geometric. My environment and my mood play equal roles in my inspiration. I was born and raised on the island of Trinidad and Tobago and I am a recent graduate of The Fashion Institute of Technology (AAS Jewelry Design). Simply creating beautiful things is my dream and I am grateful that I can live it.

Ganoksin hosts the jewelry list Orchid, with over 13,000 list members from all over the world, speaking from a wide range of technical and aesthetic experiences. The exhibition theme grew out of a desire to celebrate the creativity encompassed in this wide variety.

Artists were free to interpret the theme in any way they chose. Each artist could submit up to six pieces. Interpretations include uniting different materials into one cohesive form; intellectual and emotional “unitings”, where the meaning of the piece unites multiple concepts; the uniting of time - past, present and future; and a number that focus on the harmony created when uniting multiple materials and/or concepts.

The work submitted involved a wide range of jewelry techniques, from very traditional to very cutting edge, as well as using materials from traditional precious metals and gemstones to “re-purposed” and “up-cycled” materials.

The exhibition showcases 330 images chosen from entries from over 111 artists representing 26 countries.

Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Serbia, Spain, Trinidad, Turkey, UK, USA, Venezuela, and the Virgin Islands

Many of the participants began their interest in jewelry at a young age. Some are relative newcomers to the field, and some have over 35 years of experience as professional jewelers and goldsmiths. While some grew up in families that were goldsmiths, and followed in those footsteps, others only began creating jewelry as adults.