Titanium bracelet 3 - Changing Hues

Sheared titanium sheet is cut to various widths and end formed with bench shear and files. I felt that a matte finish with sandpaper was more pleasing in color than highly polished metal. Plastic tape covers the metal while placed on support that gives an electrical connection from the back. a shapes is cut and area cleaned with alcohol, then starting at a high voltage, I oxidize the first color. The next color is produced by enlarging the cutout area and using a lower voltage for oxidation. The various color areas are produced and the back is sometimes oxidized - including my signature, using etching ground as in printmaking. The the bracelet is shaped using a special leather covered forms in a rack & opinion press.

Photo credit: Nik Semenoff

Nik Semenoff
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Canada

Earlier in my career I was a goldsmith doing custom pieces and sold through several jewelry outlets as well. I won the Major Award (De Beers Consolidated) at Canadian Craft Council Show, Kitchener, 1977, jewelry design, but due to luxury taxes on jewelry, I found it best to pursue other branches of art. I became a professor in the art department at the University of Saskatchewan and developed many safer printmaking methods that are now used worldwide, putting this university at the forefront of better printmaking technology. I have work in the National gallery, Father of Confederation gallery and shown at Expo in 1967.

Over that last few decades I have focused on printmaking and only produce jewelry for members of my family and giving up commercial production many years ago. To inspire my granddaughter to maybe take up goldsmithing, I decided to see what can be done with titanium and electric currents to oxidize for color. I have included some titanium bracelets to be in the local art gallery featuring my prints and paintings.

For my innovations in printmaking, I was given an honorary Doctor of Literature in 2006 by my university after I had retired.

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.