Bits and Bobs:
A collaborative show curated by Tegan Wallace
October 28 – November 28, 2016
Opening Reception Oct 28, 2016 6pm – 9pm
Often jewelry is created to celebrate and mark milestones in life. As part of marking her milestone of turning 40 jewelry artist Tegan Wallace invited a collection of artists to take a prototype or unfinished object from Tegan’s own work and breathe new life into them.
Seventeen artists were each given a “bit and bob” that had been an object originally created by Tegan and created a new art piece either using or inspired by their given “bit”.
These Bits and Bobs will become reflections of what Tegan has achieved so far while celebrating the metal community that had given her so much and continues to influence her own artistic growth.
The show will be up through November 28, 2016 at Danaca Design during our regular gallery hours: Mon-Fri 11am-6pm and Sat 10am-6pm.
Come join us!
Our featured artist this month is Nancy Hom. Nancy is the monitor during our Thursday night practice hours and she is also in charge of the Danaca Design Jewelry Art Stimulus Fund. The Stimulus Fund is valuable component of our studio. It is created by artists at Danaca Design to provide young students access to experience the magic of metal arts, frequently unavailable otherwise.
How long have you been making jewelry?
I took my first jewelry class in April 2006, the day after I got laid off my full time job. I thought “Perfect! A new hobby to keep me busy till the next gig”. It has turned into more than a hobby. Now I have a new creative passion and a small jewelry collection to show off.
What’s your background? Is it in art or something else?
I am trained as a fashion designer and have lived in cities like NYC and San Francisco, beside Seattle. I have worked or free-lanced for brands such as K2, ExOfficio, Pacific Trail, Garanimals and Royal Robbins. I attended Fashion Institute of Technology as a Fine Arts Major but was intrigued by the NYC fashion world and switched my major to Children’s wear design.
Is there anything in particular that you like about jewelry as a medium?
Jewelry is a wearable piece of art. It is like a cherry on top of an ice cream sundae and the featured accent you put on, to express your personality. For me, it is the last item I put on before I leave the house to show my true expression for the day. A jewelry piece can show off my personality with form/ shape, color and in a wide range of materials. I would feel naked if I walked out the door without a piece of my work on or a friend’s work on.
What are your favorite materials to work with and why?
I like working in wire. Maybe because it was the first medium I learned to manipulate. Or maybe it closely resembles a strand of fiber for me. I absolutely love the color of silver but I am learning to enjoy working in brass, bronze and copper. I just recently learned to enamel, so now I am introducing interesting color combinations back into my work.
Can you tell us about any memorable teachers from your past that has influenced what you’re doing today as an artist?
Dana Cassara at Danaca Design has been a great inspiration and mentor. Learning from the best inspires me to do my best. She continuously pushes me to improve my skills. My other teachers are my colleagues at the studio. Watching them work and seeing their finished pieces at the studio is inspirational. Personally, I am inspired by the work of Ron Ho.
I find that jewelers tend to have one part of the process they love best, for some it’s sawing, for others it’s soldering. Do you have a favorite part of the jewelry process?
My most favorite part is that last stretch towards finishing the piece. Whether it is making the pin back on a brooch or the chain for a pendent or the final polish on a ring. I am into instant gratification so knowing I am close to showing that piece off, gives me a thrill!
Do you have a personal website related to your work that we can share?
I decided to take the summer off from doing shows and I am currently working on overhauling my website. So unfortunately it is under construction, but check in later this fall at www.sunlandesigns.com . Meanwhile my work can be seen in the gallery at Danaca Design.
Thanks Nancy! We can’t wait to see the renovated website and what you are up to next. Nancy’s work can be seen in our gallery Mon-Fri 11am – 6pm and Sat 10am – 6pm. We are located at 5619 University Way NE, Seattle WA.