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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Simply adorn-able: NSCAD jewellery sale

Posted on Thu, Dec 4, 2008 at 2:52 PM

If I had a million dollars, I wouldn’t spend it on cocaine, sweater vests and a much-younger girlfriend; I’d march down to Seeds Gallery (1892 Hollis) for the annual NSCAD University department shows. The opening reception for Decked Out, the jewellery design and metalsmithing show and sale, was so packed out, they were only letting in a few people at a time. I couldn’t see much past the bar, but what I quickly checked out was fantastic.

There’s a lot of silver with really minimal and organic structures, both delicate and strong pieces. Not all the work’s for sale, but it’s a good excuse to check out the wares. Ann Pocket’s thin, sterling silver and ziptie miniature sculpture (I wanted to touch it) looks like a smooth, extreme ramp, especially when housed in a plinth with Joseph A. Fougere’s palm-sized gold skateboard. Berkeley Brown reconstructed bright-red spoons and other dining instruments into a yummy neckpiece called “More.”

Joung-Hye Park’s tiny silver chairs are precious enough to adorn your ears or an expensive dollhouse. I was drawn to Jeremy Noonan’s mix of forms, and wanted to try on “Use Your Chains,” his take on jewelled (silver, instead of brass) knuckles. There's something really superhero-ish about this piece.

In a lovely splash of colour, Emily Gill’s large, Crayola-like flowers come either in felted or enamel forms. I saw someone wearing one and they make a really bold statement paired with black.

I went back today to take a closer look and can't believe what I missed!

What's that hanging from ? tree

It's Erica Sutherland-Bart's adorable lost mitten!

I would sell my cat (not really) for this.

Ann Pocket's lovely necklace makes you feel proud to be Canadian, even if our government has just suspended democracy for the holidays. So many details: the moose, the fire and marshmallows, the tiny little silver match at the clasp.

But check this out:

It comes in this lovely wooden box. You prop up the pendant part of the necklace at the front of the box, and light the candle behind it and presto--a shadowy Canadiana experience cast on your wall. Jewellery that sets the mood. I'm in love.

Next Monday at 6pm I’ll be at the textiles sale, followed by the fashion sale December 15. Here is a preview of the textiles sale--those houndstooth scarves are handwoven, people.

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