Democracy of Jewellery
September 1 - October 2
Jewelry is one of humankind’s earliest known expressions of creative endeavour beyond mere survival. How does the ready availability of DIY jewelry kits, and other such products that create widespread accessibility to jewelry-making, affect the artists who participate in and advocate for the handmade economy as skilled and trained makers?
What happens to the independent maker, to craft and the status of the handmade when a niche skill set such as jewelry making is subject to the generalization and globalization of the marketplace? Alternately, what happens to notions of jewelry when they can be influenced by a surplus of generic materials and processes beyond the traditional?
This exhibition is a compelling cross-section of interdisciplinary art jewelry practices in the region. These artists each navigate and activate different intersections between artist, educator, entrepreneur, studio jeweler, academic and parent among other roles and influences.