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3.5 x 3 cm
Sterling silver with patina, sterling hooks
The challenge in this tiny collection of sterling silver earrings is to focus on simplicity of form. Each earring emphasizes an appreciation for the characteristics of sterling silver at it’s most basic, simple shapes, ease of wear and affordability.
As a founding board member of the Vancouver Metal Arts Association, Salt Spring Island jewellery artist Julie Kemble has participated in many CCBC Earring Shows since it's inception. This collection represents a departure from the art jewellery she is known for and intended to conjure a narrative reminiscent of faraway places, mystery and romance.
In the years after graduating from art school, she established herself as a successful surface design artist, winning several local awards and commissions. Working from her home studio in North Vancouver, while raising her son, she designed and fabricated large banners and elaborately constructed wall pieces reflecting an artistic vision that combined an unpretentious sense of design and composition together with a passionate use of color and an intuitive sense of play.
After taking time away from making art to pursue graduate work in Communications followed by a long teaching career she began designing highly embellished assembled pieces of jewellery characterized by a large scale, bold colours, strong design and playful composition.
Today she works and sells out of her studio and small gallery located on Saltspring Island. It is open to the public by appointment.