Our very own Emily Kane hones her artistry in many forms beyond designing jewelry for Forge & Finish. A family history of artists and innovators instilled in her a boundless imagination from a very young age. Emily naturally took to art and excelled finishing her college career with a BFA Cum Laude in Painting and Sculpture from Temple University's Tyler School of Art.
The "Rock Personas" collection is one that follows a course of seldom limelight for Emily. It's one that encompasses the artists' innate curiosity and study of human connection and understanding. Structured by a month-long timeline, Emily's process developed from an interactive study with a list of thirty friends and family influences. One-by-one each subject underwent a cathartic, self-reflective interview of "either-or" questions referring to physical and emotional traits. Emily dwelled on her notes, and what inspired was a colorful series of portraitures personified in rock formation. Revealed for the first time, one year later at the opening, were the names attached to each portrait-a liberation from the artists' personal collection.
It is with great pleasure that Emily shared these pages from her body of work-creating a room filled with her effervescent spirit!
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The Confluence collection graced Forge & Finish Gallery walls for a memorable opening night. The gallery was brimming with fellow artists and art enthusiasts. Huge thanks to Candace Jensen on her curatorial debut. She presented a seamless palette of works alongside her colleagues, Sophie Brenneman and J. Hartz, each graduates from the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts.
If you missed out, enjoy a recap courtesy of photographer Adrian Cubillas. Please join us for the closing reception and artists talk on Friday, October 20 from 6-9p.
Kimberly Frey's steadfast career with art education continually repaves the road of an artist on the way to mastering her craft. Listen as the creator of ceramic objects and wearables brand Happy Land Handmade explains the manifestation of one her latest designs featured here.
In one of her recent quests, Kimberly assisted a colleague, Roberto Lugo, in leading a workshop on Mishima. The ancient Japanese technique involves creating layers beneath a carved surface, much like another technique originated in Italy called Sgraffito, where a surface layer is incised to reveal a secondary layer's contrasting color. The resulting pattern from both techniques inspired a cross-medium interpretation, which originally struck the artist through a textile swatch's colorful palette that looked pleasantly "random, chaotic, or like fireworks." Materialized through one of her latest ceramic forms, comes a set of sublime dark gray plates dashed with strokes of red, blue, white, purple, and yellow carved into the surface.
Happy Land Handmade offers collections in functional ceramic vessels and jewelry. Visit her website for updates and more information here.