Our next market in 2021 is run by Handmade in the Hunter and is at Kevin Sobels winery in Pokolbin on Saturday 10th July. See Market Dates
We carefully select the markets we attend. Nowdays they are all have COVID-19 safety plans (and so do we) which, most importantly, are enforced. The Homemade In the Hunter markets are being held up as an example of how to run a COVID-19 safe (or as safe as you can get) market. The markets we attend feature hand crafted goods or art from local artisans and are usually curated to provide a balanced mix of local handcrafted product. The maker mans his/her own stall, will often take commissions and will cheerfully give you the story behind their product. We have recently introduced a small range of ECO products in our jewelry and homeware items. Made from recycled drink bottles and bike tubes our "Transformation" or "Born Again" range is quietly successful much to our delight. Small paintings, easily transportable and suitable for apartments or small wall spaces have also brought more colour to our stall and added to our usual mix of art jewelry, homewares, and accessories.
StudioKY is for lovers of pattern and decorative form. We mainly make art jewelry and homewares. Small sculptures that celebrate a love of form, of history or whimsy. Painting - watercolour on Yuppo paper produces abstract designs in which the eye picks out landscape, flowers, faces and other familiar forms.
We design and handcraft all our pieces, including our jewelry pieces - most of our beads are hand formed - colour and unique design our focus. As a branch of applied art we fit most comfortably into Decorative and Pattern movement although there is more than a smattering of abstract art included.
Today we also design and craft objects for the home (Objects d' Maison). Small trays and bowls, bud vases, tea candle covers, coasters and mobile phone holders are a common feature on our stall - again celebrating pattern and decorative form. Our range of jewelery and homewares made from soft drink bottles are fun to make but instead of colour, patterns are formed by melting holes in the shapes - they catch the light as well as customer's attention. Some pieces are deformed over heat creating unusual but pleasing shapes. We also make (black) jewelry from the inner tubes of bike tyres.
Kay love is sculpture and our stall has more and more bookshelf, patio or coffee table sculptures - often they are also practical - LED light, candle holder. Ceramic sculptures, usually figurative, dominate our stall at the more "arty" markets.
Yvonne has added a range of small paintings - she specialises in watercolour on Yuppo paper and these paintings are special! They are available in a choice of frames. She is currently exploring mokume gane and developing beautiful intricate and organic veneers which she applies to bowls, vases, and larger jewelry pieces.
Checking out "What's New" is the best place to find what Kay is working on. Checking out "Market Dates" is the best place to find when we will be next near you but you can also make a date to visit me in my studio.
Because we do all the design and manufacturing ourselves we can change fittings, sizes or colours. You just have to ask us at StudioKY.
Commissions form a significant part of Kay's sales. There is no obligation to buy a commissioned piece although we appreciate a quick decision. Making to a customer's brief is often challenging - it can take you out of your comfort zone but it can also produce a new and exciting direction.
You can visit us at selected Hunter valley and Lake Macquarie markets. Visit the page "Market Dates" for up-to-date information. We welcome the opportunity to find out what you, our customer, want from your jewellery or sculpture.
Kay will be exhibiting two new sculptures at the "Unfurl - inking and sculpturing the Wetlands" during July at the Hunter Wetlands, Shortlands.
From 24 July to 18 July she will be participate in a Group Exhibition themed "Not Everyone likes Watercolour Flowers" at the Hunter Artisan Gallery and Cafe in East Maitland. See Market dates for details.
This year, Kay had a few ceramic sculptures and jewellery in the Dobell Festival of Arts and Crafts held at Wangi Wangi Workers club on 4th, 5th and 6th June, 2021. I am delighted and proud to say that she won 1st prize for my ceramic "4 kids on a log" sculpture.
Exhibited at the Back to Back Gallery from 5 - 21 March in a themed display "Black, White and a Touch of White". She will be exhibited in a body of student's work in August 2021.
Her sculpture "the Wave" was on show at The Show in the Newcastle Showgrounds on 5, 6 & 7 March. It was well received.
Last year, 2020, we entered a number of local festivals - just for the fun of it and to participate in our local communities.
Our first and only fair in 2020 was the Morisset Agricultural Show held in February. Kay won a number of awards in the categories of jewelry, ceramics and recycled. The weekend was very wet and the show was closed early.
Kay's sculpture "Hands Off" was on exhibit at MAC (Museum of Art and Culture, Lake Macquarie), during August to October 2020. Kay was pleased that The "Hands" sold.
In addition, Kay as pleased to note that her sculpture, "Gossip" was a finalist in the Newcastle Emerging Artist Prize exhibition in 2020 and was on exhibition in The Newcaste Art Space during October 2020. Examples of our Transformation series, featuring homeware and jewelry made from soft drink bottles and bike inner tubes are on exhibition in the SEEN Art Space in the Swansea centre on Lake Macquaries until 13th Decmeber 2020. .
My workspace is in Wangi Wangi NSW. You are welcome to contact me to arrange a private viewing. Or phone 0428062902. Particularly useful if you want to match a certain fabric or design or commission a piece although computer images can achieve a good result.
Note that this year, 2020 I will not be visiting Europe.
TERRE SAUVAGE IN BELVES, FRANCE
Belvès is a very pretty medieval town in southwestern France. I always think of it as being in the Dordogne but recently it became part of a new commune, Pays-de- Belvès. The closest city is Bordeau. A selection of my jewelry and "objects de maison" reside in this lovely shop.
For the 2019 season I designed a few reverse necklaces: A gorgeous type of accessory that is both funky and unexpected and, since an exposed back is a summer fashion for my friend and Terre Sauvage's owner, Ondine, it's only appropriate that the reverse necklace is included in my collection. Dragonflies and butterflies will be a feature of some of these necklaces and will sit between the wearer's shoulder blades. The necklace will be adjustable as well as reversible. Here is the uncured cane - the "out of focus" look will not be present in the finished piece and is due to my impatience.
Ondine has spent a lot of time and energy in getting together a global collection they have named ZIMWABI -SABI. Wabi sabi is a blend of two concepts: wabi is about living in tune with nature and it’s focused on the art of simplicity. Sabi is about beauty and natural cycles of growth and death. When combined, wabi and sabi unite to create a feeling of serenity and harmony. The original design concept came from an Italian fashion designer, the manufacturing expertise in handling recycled or sustainable materials came from Zimbabwean artisans and Ondine has supplied much of the organizing muscle. I designed some simple pendants featuring patterns found in the earth's cycle - from emergence to decay. Many of the pendants are on my blog - What's new June 2019.
Note that this shop opens for "the Season". You can contact them through their facebook page.