In Plain View

This weekend is the studio tour “In Plain View” again. It’s a great opportunity to get a peek inside lots of Winnipeg based artists’ studios and see their work. Enjoy the great whether this weekend and take part of this self guided studio tour. For a complete list of participating artists visit www.inplainviewwinnipeg.com.

Please make sure to add cre8ery to your list of studios to visit. It’s a great opportunity to see lots of different artists’ studios in one convenient location.

Come and visit us at cre8ery, 2nd floor – 125 Adelaide between noon and 5:00 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday and check out some of my jewelry, bags, photography and paintings. Enjoy the tour and I hope to see you this week-end!

Ciao for now!

Philanthropic jewelry for lung cancer research

I am sure you have all experienced things in life that are such a coincidence that you know they were just meant to be.

While at the Forks selling my jewelry and photography I was approached in regards to custom jewelry. I thought the inquiry was about creating an individual piece of jewelry for this client but it turned out that she was looking for philanthropic jewelry to help fundraise for a cause. It turned out that the cause was lung cancer research, which seemed too strange at the time considering that just 2 weeks earlier my father-in-law “Jack” had just passed away from lung cancer. “It was just meant to be”.

So in the last month I have designed and produced a piece of jewelry made from recycled materials, that will be used to help fundraise for this Sunday’s “Inspire for Life – Manitoba’s Walk for Lung Cancer” event. The event takes place at the Forks. Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. and the walk begins at 11:00 a.m. All net proceeds of the event will go to lung cancer research at the Cancer Care Manitoba Foundation.

Here is a picture of the final product. The concept chosen shows the word “air” in a simple font on 100% recycled silver. I wanted to simplify and boil it down to the essence “air”. We all need air to breathe and to live. I have seen first hand the struggle of not getting enough air into your lungs anymore. The concept is graphic, clean and creates a nice balance between the simply graphic type and the organic shape and material of the beach glass. Each piece of beach glass is unique and different just like the lives effected by lung cancer.

I am very grateful to have the opportunity to do this in Jack’s honour. I miss him a lot and I know he would be very proud of me.

If you would like to order your own “air” necklace you can order them at the walk this weekend for $49 (there will be a limited number available for sale, so if you want to buy one at the event make sure to get there early). You can also contact me directly at anjastudios@shaw.ca to put in your order. The pendant is made from recycled silver and beach glass and comes on a 18″ sterling silver chain. The “air necklace” will be available year round with 100% of profit going to lung cancer research.

Show your support and help make a difference by participating in Sunday’s walk and by wearing “air”.

Ciao!

     

99 pieces of art… submission

This morning was the submission deadline for the “99 pieces of art on the wall” exhibition at the cre8ery gallery. I am very excited that 2 of my photographs have been accepted. The exhibition will be on from August 18 until September 2. I will blog more details on the exhibit at a later date.

Please save the date for the opening reception on August 18 and come and support local artists.

Ciao!

submission

Wishing for Spring

It’s been pretty nasty outside today and it really is supposed to snow tomorrow. Oh Winnipeg! My family and friends in Switzerland often don’t believe me when I tell them about the weather here. It’s just so crazy to think that 8 weeks ago when I arrived in Switzerland spring had already arrived and flowers and trees were starting to bloom. I am holding on to those memories and hopefully that will get me through the next couple of days. I know summer is close but I just miss spring. It’s one of my favourite seasons and it pretty much doesn’t exist here. Maybe I just need to go home to Switzerland more often in spring. Here are a few pictures. The weather was beautiful, temperatures were around 15 degrees and the smell of spring was in the air.

Ciao

spring is in the air

Home

Villa

Happy Earth Day

What a wonderful idea Earth Day is! It inspires awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment.

If you know me, you are probably aware that I am a bit of a hippie and I mean that in a good way. Since I was a little girl living in Switzerland I always wanted to protect animals from extinction and I always appreciated the beauty of nature all around me. I recycled from a very early age on and I was known to give little lectures to other people if they weren’t doing the same thing. That’s the beauty of children. They tell you what they think and they are so idealistic. I have stopped lecturing people and have learned that I can better lead by example. I try my best to reduce my ecological footprint in a way that is sustainable in itself. I try hard to incorporate this philosophy into my creative process and live by my tagline “recycle. reuse. recreate.” Each of us can make a difference and we can inspire people around us to do the same.

Please be nice to mother earth!

Ciao

beauty is all around you

At the market

I wanted to thank everybody who came to the Forks Market to support me and to check out my spring collection. It was 2 days full of meeting great new people and having a chance to show off my work. I even managed to participate in the chocolate festival and taste some incredible chocolate treats. The Forks Market really is an inspiring place to be at. I am planning on being back to sell my work at the Forks a few times this summer by participating in the Outdoor Farmers Market.

If you missed me this week-end and are looking for the perfect gift for mother’s day just give me a call or send me a quick e-mail to arrange a time to come by my studio (p. 204.510.3939, anjastudios@shaw.ca).

Ciao!

Anja

setting up early in the morning

having fun

my stall

textiles

jewelry & photos

more jewelry and photos

anja studios

See you next time

Inspired by my fridge

I have always been using natural object such as prairie wheats, leafs and rocks within my jewelry. A had dried some leafs and wheat before the winter but I have been getting a bit bored using them over the last little while. Last week I was working on jewelry and when opening the fridge inspiration hit. I saw some fresh rosemary and dried hemp seats so I started playing around with them. Here are some of the results.

Ciao

custom squirrel

A while back I received an order for a piece of jewelry depicting squirrel. I had made many sketches until I had a drawing I was really happy with. I ended up making a linocut of the squirrel and using it to make it into a recycled silver pendant. Here are a few picture of the different stages.

I hope you enjoy seeing the process. Please let me know if you would like any custom pieces. They keep things challenging and interesting.

Ciao

linocut of squirrel

raw stage before being fired

et voila

Wish I was there

I wish I could have been in New York this week-end for the opening reception of “The sketchbook project” exhibition. It have never not been at the opening reception of an art show that I have had art work in. Too bad. I just have to make it work to go see the exhibit in one of the US cities it’s going to. Maybe Washington DC in April or Chicago in July. I will let you know once I have a trip planned.

Ciao

scars spread from my sketchbook