I am interested in why we are the way we are, primarily how people grow, develop and relate to one another. Focusing on childhood experiences and the objects that surround us I use solid blocs as my starting point. In this case a three dimensional pentagon, as it
represents childhood exploration and an educational tool. I connect with the material by constructing it and deconstructing it. During the process of making, I try to let go and play yet tension is created as I am methodically thinking about the technical qualities of the metal. By juxtaposing elements of geometry and precision with elements of uncertainty and randomness a harmonious balance is created in which there has to be trust in the metal and in my actions. This process of making is therefore a reflection how we learn from play and experiences.
Violeta Izquierdo is a Halifax based jewellery designer and maker. She has graduated from NSCAD University, majoring in Jewellery and Metalsmith. Her work is a reflection of the diverse cultural elements of her birthplace of Colombia and of her travels throughout India, Australia and Kenya. Violeta combines traditional metalsmith techniques with non-traditional materials and is fascinated with balancing intricate textural elements and colour to create playful yet elegant contemporary jewellery.
Nova Scotia has a rich art scene and is brimming with talented new artists. We spoke with some of the emerging contemporary artists in the province and asked them to share a bit about what inspires them and makes their work unique. Ian Funke-McKay Working in Halifax, Ian Funke-McKay graduated from NSCAD University (BFA ’14). With a…Read More