Touch has a memorysold:)
sterling silver, copper, photo transfer on enamels, light weight polyester fabric.
6 x 3 x 1.3cm
3.8g per earring
In this piece I wanted to consider the impact of the deprivation of touch on humans during this last year. Even though I started working on this topic two years ago I think that the pandemic made its significance more surreal. I used the Japanese Shibori technique of "Fabrique manipulation" by tying little glass beads in the polyester fabric. Introducing the fabric to high temperatures of water creates the permanent shape that resembles molecules, thus changing the texture of the material. The glass beads are carefully removed afterwards leaving the piece of fabric light and textured. The fabric won't change its texture overtime and will always stay intact even if it's submerged in water. It is possible to carefully wash the fabric if it is stained with any sort of cosmetic products.
Jewelry is a form of art that Gayane has been practicing from a very young age. She created little field flower tiaras, aluminum foil rings, paper made bracelets and necklaces created with twigs, using all kinds of found objects. Throughout the years these objects have gone through transformations by refining their shapes and aesthetic appearance.
Gayane uses a combination of traditional and alternative enameling techniques to express her perspectives on our contemporary life. Enameling has become her preferred form of expression, combining elements and approaches from a succession of art media that she has practiced throughout her creative life. She remarks that she finds herself completely absorbed by the successive transformation of my enamel pieces, each step and firing marked by a tweak of the ‘unexpected’ hue or shade. For Gayane, the process itself, whether laying down the cloisonné wires or waiting in front of the kiln, allows her to meditate and connect with a certain alchemic magic. She has consistently worked to achieve a finish that allows her colours, shades and images to play with the light, and provide a tactile feel that is unique to this form of jewelry.
Gayane Avetisyan is an artist and jeweller living and working in Montreal. She was born in Armenia, a country with a rich tradition of arts, where she was exposed to a broad range of cultural and historical influences. From a very young age, Gayane attended a school for visual arts, where she learned and practiced different art media including pottery, printmaking and oil painting. In 2011, she was introduced to enameling and jewelry in Georgia (country) from local artisans. She has since continued and reinforced her skills by taking workshops with enamel artists in the US and Canada. Gayane moved to Canada almost five years ago, where she undertook more formal metalsmith training at the Jewelry School of Montreal.
She specializes in traditional and contemporary art jewelry techniques crafted on fine silver, copper and gold. She creates one of a kind, as well as limited edition pieces of enamel jewelry. During her career, Gayane has participated in several juried art competitions around the world where her pieceshave been selected for exhibition. She was an award winner at the Enamelist Society Alchemy 5 exhibit, and a finalist for the last two years at the Francois Houde Award. Her works are showcased in a number of galleries and art stores throughout Canada. She is a member of the Enamelist Society, SNAG, and CMAQ.