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News and Updates!

I’ve been keeping quite busy this past little while making work for upcoming shows, and preparing applications for future exhibitions. I have some exciting projects and opportunities on the horizon!

A few weeks ago, several new shows opened at Harbourfront Centre. I am part of an exhibition called “Show-Off”, featuring work by a selection of current artist-in-residents.  I created a large neck piece for this show titled “Moments”; it is  made up of three post-card sized paintings on metal. For the display, I decided to include the remainder of paintings alongside the neck piece. Below are some studio snapshots of the piece in progress, and a couple of shots of the finished piece (I will post better photos soon!).

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I recently sent off two other neck pieces and paintings to a show in the US (my first international show!) at the Lillstreet Art Centre in Chicago, IL. My work is part of “Earthly Delights: Metalsmiths Inspired by Nature”- a showcase of jewelry and sculpture that runs in conjunction with the gallery’s annual “Art and the Urban Garden” show. The exhibition opens tomorrow, April 25th, and runs until June 1st.

Upcoming

In less than a month, I will be heading off on a very exciting adventure. I am going to Italy to take a short workshop at Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School of Florence. The workshop is about the use of pigments on metal, with focus on the exploration of various materials and methods to achieve color on metal. It seems like a really good fit for the current direction of my work. The instructor is jeweler Lucia Massei; she makes such beautiful work!
I went to Florence with my family when I was younger, and truly fell in love with it; I’m so grateful to have the chance to go again (although I’m worried I might not want to come home!).

This year I am participating in the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, an annual show that takes place outdoors at Nathan Philips Square in Toronto July 4-6th. I am very excited (and nervous) about this opportunity; it will be my first big show of this type, and will be a great challenge for me to undertake at this point in my career. I have begun prototyping some new production pieces based off of my collection of small-scale sculpture…and already keeping my fingers crossed for good weather! ; )

Lastly, I have a real website in the works! A wonderful designer and web developer I went to school with at NSCAD is in the process of creating a real website for me! I will still be keeping my blog, but will have a nicely organized homepage and portfolio.

Stay tuned! : )

 

 

 

 

 

 

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From object to wearable object…

After spending a few months creating a collection of sculptural objects, I have been feeling inclined to transition many of  my designs into wearable pieces of jewelry. Taking the time away from jewelry to focus on sculptural objects allowed me to find freedom within my processes, and to hone in on my intuition as a maker. The resulting sculptural works form a great foundation of aesthetic and structural inspiration to draw upon as I continue my jewelry explorations.

Here are a few new pieces I have been working on.

008. Angular Brooches

Angular Brooches. Brass, copper, paint. 2014

09. Cluster Pendant

Cluster Pendant. Bronze, cord. 2014

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Brooch (left) bronze, steel, 2014.
Pendants (top, and bottom right) bronze, 2014.

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Cluster Pendant. Bronze, sterling silver. 2014.

More to come; stay tuned! : )

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Connections

1506504_1395423607377407_1365952279_nAlthough I have a tendency to have minimal patience towards anything computer related, I have to admit, I find myself continually enthused by the power of social media to create connections among people and ideas the world over. It amazes me how the limitations of physical distance that separates people can often be overcome or minimized through the internet, sometimes making the world feel a little less overwhelming, and a lot more accessible.

Through the use of Facebook, I recently had the opportunity to get involved in an exciting new project: The Jewelry Exchange 2014, organized by Olga Raben, a jeweler based in Sweden. The idea of the project is to be paired with another trained jeweler somewhere in the world, with whom you will exchange a piece of handmade jewelry. Each artist is given twelve weeks to create and send the piece to their partner, and must also include a story about the work and his/herself. The work will be photographed worn by the recipient, and included in an online exhibition.

Close to 400 artists are participating in this project. What a great way to forge connections among a diverse network of jewelers all around the world!

I was absolutely thrilled to find that I am paired with Montserrat Lacomba, a talented maker and curator based in Gerona, Spain. She makes beautiful jewels that are often bright and full of color, and also curates a very extensive blog of contemporary jewelry that I have frequented on many occasions over the past few years. Take some time to check out her work, and to visit her blog– it is such a wonderful resource.

I feel very fortunate to be participating in this exchange, and am looking forward to creating a piece to send off to Montserrat! : )

 

 

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“Studious” Exhibition at Harbourfront Centre

Last Friday was the opening of “Studious” at Harbourfront Centre. It was truly wonderful to see everyone’s work come together to form a cohesive and intriguing show. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to exhibit my work alongside artists in a wide array of media, all of whom push the boundaries of their discipline.

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Rachael Wong (left back wall); George Cho (front left); Marianne Burlew (front right).

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Lizz Aston (back wall); Marianne Burlew (front).

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Patrycja Zwierzynska (left wall); Amanda McCavour (back installation); George Cho (front).

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Amanda McCavour (back); George Cho (front).

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Jay Joo

 

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K. Claire MacDonald (front) Jay Joo (back)
Photo by Tom Bilenky

Check out more fabulous work by each other the artists in the show:

Lizz Aston, Marianne Burlew, George Cho, Jay Joo, Amanda McCavour, Rachael Wong, and Patrycja Zwierzynska.

Here are some detailed shots of my work:

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Encapsulated. Brass, paint. 2013.

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Little House. Copper, paint, 2013.

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Heartleaf. Copper, Paint. 2013.
Little House. Copper, Paint, 2013.

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Still There. Copper, paint, 2013.

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Wind and Water. Copper, brass, paint. 2013.

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Between Suns. Copper, brass, paint. 2014.

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Blissful Distance (view 1). Brass, paint, 2014.

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Blissful Distance (view 2)

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Ancestry. Brass, paint, 2014.

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Amid. Brass, paint, 2014.

“Studious” is up until April 6th, 2014. If you are in the Toronto are, stop by for a visit! : )

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Being “Studious”

The past couple months have been a busy time of exploration, and transition; I have been delving full force into creating a new body of work for an upcoming exhibition, and have relocated my work space once again, back to the newly renovated studio at Harbourfront Centre. It was great to start off the New Year in a fresh new workspace!

My latest body of work will be part of an exhibition called Studious opening this Friday evening at Harbourfront Centre. I am really excited to be part of this show, and to have the opportunity to exhibit my work alongside some very talented artists whose work I greatly admire. Our show is also featured as part of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival.
I have taken a bit of a leap with my new work, and will be showing a collection of small scale sculptural works. The shift away from functional jewelry into sculpture has been an exciting diversion that has prompted me to re-examine and further develop the relationship between various facets of my studio practise.
Here is a sneak peek for the show. Stay tuned for more! : )
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Repeat, Repeat

I’ve been working on producing a small limited production of a recent earring design I came up with. I decided to fabricate each pair instead of using casting because the metal is thin, and easy to manipulate. Fabricating each pair enabled me to allow for a bit of variation between each pair. The basic design is the same for each pair, but the angles of the shapes vary slightly. If you are interested in a pair, you can contact me at kclairem@gmail.com, or stay tuned for the opening of my online shop! …

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I am also excited to be able to say that I have finally ended my painting hiatus! I got back to my easel this week, just started with something small, but at least it’s a start! : )

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I have been  gathering up ideas for some new pieces that will be made from this painting. After making my limited production earrings, I am looking forward to bringing my painting back in to some more elaborate, one-off pieces!

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