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Metalsmith BenchTalk with Janis Kerman

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My Guest this Thursday, June 20th at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk is jewelry designer Janis Kerman, who makes hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind jewelry.
Abotut: In 2007, to mark 30 years as one of contemporary jewellery’s most venerable designers, a retrospective show was held at Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h, Montréal. She has taught, mentored and delivered presentations on her work both in Canada and the United States including ACAD (Alberta College of Art and Design), FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) and EJMAM (École de Joaillerie de Montréal) and OCAD (Ontario College of Art and Design). Janis Kerman has recently entered into a new collaboration with her daughter, Erin Wahed on her line BANDE DES QUATRES. Ms. Kerman is represented in over 30 galleries.
THE FORMATIVE YEARS: By 1975 I had completed my fundamental studies in jewelry design and began experimenting with various metals and techniques. I knew that jewelry making was my direction, my métier. Two years later Janis Kerman design was established. The focus of my work for the next 13 years was the design and production of limited edition collections, detailing for fashion accessories and unique pieces. Since 1988, I have been working exclusively in precious metals, gems and alternative materials.
IT’S THE BALANCE, NOT THE SYMMETRY: There is a symbiotic relationship between fine art and design – a conceptual fluidity where influences move freely between disciplines promoting exchange and evolution. Inspiration comes from color, texture and objects both artistic and common: architecture, furniture, paintings, ceramics, fashion… 
For more info, visit: http://janiskermandesign.com.