Artist Talk: Nika Feldman | Spirits in the Material World

Nika Feldman hosts an artist talk for her solo exhibition Spirits in the Material World on Saturday, January 26 from 2 to 3 pm. Spirits in the Material World is an exploration of the coded language of garments, albeit within Feldman’s native cultural context. The show’s title holds multiple references, one being as Feldman explains, “The belief that the spirits of both the maker and the wearer are held within a garment.” Another reference is to a song with the same name by The Police from the 1981 album Ghost in the Machine, which one could argue describes the unfortunate state of realities today. The underlying message within the song that resonates for Feldman is the description of a material culture which is void of sacredness.

 

Learn more about this exhibition.

 

EVENTS

Opening Reception: Friday, January 25, 5-7 pm | RSVP on Facebook

Artist Talk: Saturday, January 26, 2-3 pm | RSVP on Facebook

Tees & Tabs Workshop: Saturday, March 16, 1-5 pm | Register

Opening: Nika Feldman | Spirits in the Material World

Nika Feldman unveils a series of seven garment-like works along with accompanying objects of adornment, made from recycled t-shirt parts and salvaged aluminum can pull-tabs. Representing over 2,000 hours of handwork by the Nova Scotia artist, the intricate pieces are inspired by the coded language of clothing. “It’s an attempt to create a new dialect,” Feldman says. “In today’s world what does contemporary clothing say about North American culture?” 

 

Spirits in the Material World debuts with a special reception on Friday, January 25 from 5 to 7 pm. Feldman will host an artist talk on Saturday, January 26 from 2 to 3 pm and a workshop on Saturday, March 16 from 1 to 5 pm.

 

Learn more about this exhibition.

 

EVENTS

Opening Reception: Friday, January 25, 5-7 pm | RSVP on Facebook

Artist Talk: Saturday, January 26, 2-3 pm | RSVP on Facebook

Tees & Tabs Workshop: Saturday, March 16, 1-5 pm | Register

Tania Larsson: Traditional Meets Contemporary

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Tania Larsson starts with the land. Her materials are harvested from nature, then combined with silver, gold, and precious stones. The combination of traditional craft with a contemporary education results in striking, intricate adornment.

“My heritage is an integral part of who I am and my work,” said Tania Larsson in an interview with UNUM Magazine. “I wanted to present myself as a Gwich’in woman and needed cultural indicators that could be worn anywhere.”

Larsson maintains a studio in Yellowknife, but she hand delivers her jewelry works to our gallery shop. View some of our favorites below.

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Long Muskox Horn and Sterling Silver Earrings
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Long Bison Horn and Sterling Silver Earrings
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Etched Caribou Horn and Sterling Silver Necklace
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Bison Horn and Sterling Silver Necklace
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Triangle Muskox Horn and Sterling Silver Earrings
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Porcupine Claw and Sterling Silver Earrings

 

 

Design Spotlight: Kat Cole

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Kat Cole, Red Folded Pendant, steel & enamel

When it comes to inspiration, Kat Cole looks to city skylines. Cole studies the constructed environment of her surroundings and replicates the steel structures at an intimate, wearable scale. Her steel and enamel creations are new arrivals to our gallery shop — in dazzling shades of red, yellow, and blue.

 

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Kat Cole, Red Open Oval Earrings, steel, enamel, & sterling silver
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Kat Cole, Red Dangle Hoop Earrings, steel, enamel, & sterling silver

 

Design Spotlight: Kat Cole, Robert Ebendorf & more.

Robert Ebendorf- Handmade Found Object Jewelry- Fish Necklace- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

There’s new work in our gallery shop! You might recognize some familiar faces. Thais Mather recently re-imagined the 200,000 installation from her last solo exhibition with a series of four mask groups in the form & concept Annual ExhibitionRobert Ebendorf replenished his jewelry line with an eclectic collection of brooches, necklaces, and earrings. Snag them before they’re gone! Kat Cole sent us a fiery new necklace—as well as some chunky, industrial rings and brooches. Bunny Tobias is back with more Swarovski crystal and bronze clay creations. Bronze feathers, tourmaline, and undulating patterns are highlighted in this new line. See some of our favorites below, and click the images for more from each artist.

Thais Mather- Handmade Ceramic Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Thais Mather.

Robert Ebendorf- Handmade Found Object Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Robert Ebendorf.

Kat Cole- Handmade Enamel and Steel Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Kat Cole.

Bunny Tobias- Handmade Bronze Clay Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Bunny Tobias.

Press: American Jewelry from New Mexico

American Jewelry from New Mexico- Albuquerque Museum- Form & Concept Blog- Albuquerque New Mexico

Since we first blogged about Albuquerque Museum’s American Jewelry from New Mexico—which features six designers who show in the form & concept shop—there’s been quite a lot of press coverage on the exhibition. Kate Nelson of New Mexico Magazine wrote a blog post about the show when it opened in June. Here’s an excerpt:

From Spanish and Mexican silversmiths to Navajo and Zuni jewelry makers, New Mexico has gained a reputation for finely wrought baubles. But the blending of cultures and their traditions didn’t stop there. By tracking the evolution from the 1870s to the 21st century, visitors to the Albuquerque Museum exhibit, American Jewelry from New Mexico can essentially trace the history of the state. “There is so much jewelry being created here that’s never been shown as New Mexico jewelry,” says curator Andrew Connors.

Kathaleen Roberts of Albuquerque Journal also wrote a preview of the show. This is a tidbit that mentions our artist Debra Baxter:

Other pieces lean more toward the outrageous. Santa Fe artist Debra Baxter created a set of silver and crystal brass knuckles from quartz and silver-plated bronze. The internationally known artist recently completed a show at Washington, D.C.’s Renwick Gallery. “It’s much more of a conceptual piece,” Connors said. “It’s about power and authority and the idea of protecting yourself.”

More recently, Grace Parazzoli covered the exhibition for Santa Fe New Mexican and also mentioned Debra’s work:

The modern pieces, like those earliest in the exhibition, are materially innovative, from Debra Baxter’s brass knuckles crowned with aqua aura quartz (2017) to Kristin Diener’s New Orleans and Alabama/Mississippi Gulf Coast Love Story: Loss and Lament: Fertility Reliquary II (2005), a reliquary that sits upon a mannequin as though it were a chastity belt. The piece’s 23 materials include toy scissors, a Route 66 guitar pick, a candy wrapper, and vintage nude photographs. (Baxter and Diener live in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, respectively; both are from the Midwest.)

Learn more about the exhibition in our previous blog post, and check out work by the other form & concept artists featured in the show on our website. In addition to Baxter, form & concept designers Robert Ebendorf, Robin Waynee, Ryan Roberts, and Steven Ford & David Forlano of Ford / Forlano are all on view.

Image: Albuquerque Museum.

Introducing Robin Waynee & Ryan Roberts

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We’re honored to announce that internationally renowned jewelry designers Robin Waynee and Ryan Roberts are form & concept’s newest represented artists. The couple has worked side-by-side since 1997, and though they strongly influence each other, they maintain separate practices and bodies of work. They’ll present new designs at the special event Introducing Robin Waynee & Ryan Roberts on Friday, June 29 from 5 to 7 pm.

Robin Waynee

Robin Waynee learned at an early age how creativity and hard work can lead to fulfillment. A member of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe, Robin was born and raised in Mio, Michigan along with six siblings. Following her family to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1991, and continuing to work in the family business of custom furniture making, Robin began designing her own pieces and pursued woodworking for several years.

After meeting local jeweler Ryan Roberts in 1997, Robin became inspired by his work and discovered a burning desire to create jewelry. Her wide range of jewelry styles, creative choices of precious stone and metal combinations and anodizing schemes, along with her careful selection of quality materials and attention to detail make Robin’s jewelry highly sought after by the discriminating collector and devotee of exclusive fine jewelry.

Browse Robin’s work.

Ryan Roberts

Born in the small village of Chimayo in Northern New Mexico, Ryan was raised in a family in which almost everyone is an artist. When he was a young teen, Ryan lived in Hawaii for a year, where he spent time with his aunt Gayle Bright, a talented sculptor and jewelry designer. Seeing the skill and care with which she made her art inspired him, and he began to cultivate a love and appreciation of jewelry making which would lead him to his life work.

Upon returning home to New Mexico, just after his 16th birthday, Ryan secured an apprenticeship at a local jeweler’s studio. By the age of 19, Ryan was hired by one of Santa Fe’s most talented local jewelers, Mario Chavez. In this environment, the young artist was exposed to an expanded array of complex tools and techniques. Ryan’s reputation grew as one of the finest jewelers in Santa Fe. Later, Ryan met the only person he had ever taken as an apprentice: his future wife, Robin Waynee. The two would both go on to become interationally celebrated jewelers.

Browse Ryan’s work.

This Friday: Robin Waynee & Ryan Roberts

Introducing Robin Waynee and Ryan Roberts- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Special Reception

Introducing Robin Waynee & Ryan Roberts

Friday, June 29th, 5-7 pm

Internationally renowned jewelry designers Robin Waynee and Ryan Roberts are form & concept’s newest represented artists. The couple has worked side-by-side since 1997, and though they strongly influence each other, they maintain separate practices and bodies of work. They’ll present new designs at this special event, coinciding with the debut of Jaydan Moore’s solo exhibition Dust.

Learn more about this event.
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Robin Waynee- Fine Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Robin Waynee, Faceted Pearl Pendant, 18k gold, tahitian pearl, garnet, diamond, amethyst.
Ryan Roberts- Fine Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Ryan Roberts, Rubellite Tourmaline Ring, 18k gold, rubellite tourmaline, diamond, tsavorite, amethyst.
Robin Waynee- Fine Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Robin Waynee, Aquamarine Ring, 18k gold, aquamarine, diamond.
Ryan Roberts- Fine Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Ryan Roberts, Chrysocolla Gem Silica Ring, 18k gold, gem silica, tsavorite, diamond.
Robin Waynee- Fine Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Robin Waynee, Pearl, Diamond & Sapphire Earrings, 18k gold, tahitian pearl, diamond, orange sapphire.
Ryan Roberts- Fine Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Ryan Roberts, Platinum & Rubellite Tourmaline Ring, platinum, rubellite tourmaline, tsavorite, diamond.

New Shop Arrivals!

Check out new wearable artworks by three artists from the form & concept shop—including two designers who are new to our roster!

Suzanne Schwartz

Suzanne Schwartz- Fine Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Suzanne Schwartz, Sew Weave Necklace, oxidized argentium silver stitched with fine silver wire.

Suzanne Schwartz first discovered the freedom that art could bring when her grandmother taught her to sew and knit. Textiles inspired her even as a child: with their variety of patterns and textures, they opened her eyes to art’s boundless possibilities. As an adult, her creative medium moved from textiles to metals, but the stitches came with her, as seen in her Interwoven Collections. She finds texture and form in nature all around her: the surface of a leaf, the pattern of lichen on a branch, the curve where hills meet, the shadows of water over rocks. These lines and fluid shapes become part of her jewelry.

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Suzanne Schwartz, Large Post Earrings, oxidized and bright silver argentium stitched with fine silver.
Suzanne Schwartz- Fine Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Suzanne Schwartz, Freeform Pendant, oxidized argentium stitched with fine silver wire.
Suzanne Schwartz- Fine Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Suzanne Schwartz, Layered Cuff, oxidized argentium stitched with 18k and fine silver wire.
Suzanne Schwartz- Fine Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Suzanne Schwartz, Layered 3-Piece Earrings, argentium silver stitched with fine silver.

Julie Slattery

Julie Slattery- Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Julie Slattery, Bird Skull (mini), bronze.

Julie Slattery‘s wearable sculptures explore emotional responses of attachment and loss. The objects she creates reflect sensations of unease, oddity, and a recognition of something that was or could have been. Slattery is an Albuquerque-based artist who works at the Los Ranchos Fine Art Foundry. Through the process of casting, she creates artwork that necessitates the destruction of an original object. This is often representative of crucial moments or pivotal experiences in her life.

Julie Slattery- Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Julie Slattery, Bark Necklace, bronze.
Julie Slattery- Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Julie Slattery, Eye of Aquarius Belt Buckle, bronze.
Julie Slattery- Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Julie Slattery, Orion’s Belt Buckle, bronze.
Julie Slattery- Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Julie Slattery, Hand Necklace, bronze.

Kat Cole

Kat Cole- Enamel on Steel Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Kat Cole, Boundary Line Look Necklace, steel, enamel.

Kat Cole finds meaning through the observance and intimate awareness of the places she inhabits. With each geographic change, she has become more attuned to the natural and man-made attributes that make a location unique.  She looks to the built environment of the city where she lives for the formal qualities of her work: materials, forms, colors and surface qualities. The steel and concrete structures that surround us are evidence of human inhabitants, past and present. Cole distills her experiences of these monumental structures into the intimate scale of jewelry. They are completed when worn on the landscape of the body.

Kat Cole- Enamel on Steel Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Kat Cole, Yellow Structure Ring, steel, enamel, sterling silver.
Kat Cole- Steel on Enamel Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Kat Cole, Red Tube Ring, steel, enamel, sterling silver.
Kat Cole- Enamel on Steel Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Kat Cole, Red Dangle Hoop Earrings, steel, enamel, sterling silver.
Kat Cole- Enamel on Steel Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Kat Cole, Yellow Oval Dip Earrings, steel, enamel, sterling silver.

Click here to browse the complete form & concept shop collection.

Introducing the Bro Brooch.

Bro Brooch- Form and Concept Gallery- Fine Jewelry- Santa Fe New Mexico

Just in time for Father’s Day, here’s a manly twist on a timeless accessory! Give your dad—or father figure—a bold fashion refresh with the Bro Brooch. This style gadget can be worn in several ways, from the classic above-the-breast-pocket to the faux bowtie. Scroll down for more looks, and browse our complete brooch collection on the form & concept shop website.

Steve Ford- David Forlano- Fine Jewelry- Brooch- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Jonathan wears Ford / Forlano.

Robert Ebendorf- Fine Jewelry- Brooch- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Jordan wears Robert Ebendorf.

Robert Ebendorf- Fine Jewelry- Brooch- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Brad wears Robert Ebendorf.

Brian Fleetwood- Fine Jewelry- Brooch- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Frank wears Brian Fleetwood.

Lisa Klakulak- Fine Jewelry- Brooch- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Jordan and Jonathan wear Lisa Klakulak.

Frank wears Robert Ebendorf.

Jonathan wears Kat Cole.

Kelsey Simmen- Fine Jewelry- Brooch- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Brad wears Kelsey Simmen.

Lisa Klakulak- Fine Jewelry- Brooch- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Jordan wears Lisa Klakulak.