Our markets are all starting up. Our next market will be Sunday 23rd August, 2020 at Speers Point. 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 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.
In 1919 we began to diversify and designed and made objects for the home (Objects d' Maison). Kay went through a phrase of producing mini sculptures / collectible figurines that can be stand alone, brooches or pendants. Some customers purchased a group for an installation piece and other commissioned a series for club trophies. However, small trays and bowls, bud vases, tea candle covers, coasters and mobile phone holders are also making an appearance - sometimes in resin featuring image transference. Kay is handcarving limestone and adding panels of colour. The result is a patio or coffee table sculpture - often they are also practical - LED light, candle holder. Ceramic sculptures are featuring more often these days but only robust forms make it to the market stall.
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.
This year, 2020, we have entered a number of local festivals - just for the fun of it and to participate in our local communities.
Our first and only fair 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" is currently on exhibit at MAC (Museum of Art and Culture, Lake Macquarie), Booragul until 11 October 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 but may travel, if allowed, over the Christmas break.
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 2109 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.