Bijoux Pop-Up Shop
Above, Eliza Kozurno necklace
As you know, we love pop-up shops. Now, a pop-up at the Art Gallery of Hamilton.. that had us rusheing over in a hurry to check it out. The Bijoux Pop-up Shop is set up in the Jean + Ross Fischer Gallery. This is the second Canadian Jewellery Showcase hosted at the AGH, and this year's installment features sixteen Canadian designers. The opening kicked off yesterday as part of the Fall Art Sale and will close on November 16, the day of Style and the City, the gallery's annual fashion fundraising event. Some of our favourite designers featured are Justine Brooks, Foe and Dear, Ashley Winnington-Ball, Rebekah Price, Eliza Kozurno and Joy Annet Designs. The display was adorable. We loved the wall of frames displaying different designers.
We love the bold designs of Toronto based designer Eliza Kozurno. They really are pieces of art, each taking their own asymetrical shapes and forms. After working for a number of innovative designers including Izzy Camilleri, Colette Harmon and Rita D, Eliza decided to launch her own collection in 2005. With a background in decorative textile design, there is a clear influence on the aesthetic of her jewellery. You'll notice knitting and crocheting techniques using a variety of materials from metal wire, to silk, glass, beads and leather.
You may remember a post we wrote previously on Rebekah Price. Season after season, she presents timeless, glamorous jewellery using Swarovski crystals. Notable in her latest collection are jewelled bib necklaces, a popular style seen at the pop-up shop.
Above, Ashley Winnington-Ball mesh cuff
Toronto designer, Ashley Winnnigton-Ball works with non-traditional materials, like rusted metal, industrial, salvaged and antique items to make highly original statement jewellery.
Allison Dawson, the designer behind C'est Joli creates colourful, sculptural pieces using textiles including cords, piping and tassels. With a degree in Fine Arts and training in Surface Design, Allison's designs focus on shape and texture. The necklaces (above) are surprisingly lightweight. We've spotted her designs in Flare, Style At Home and Teen Vogue, so she's definitely a designer to watch.
Justine Brooks' Silver Earth collection definitely caught our eye. The Vancouver designer's oxidized silver pieces are cast from organic objects found while she is hiking or walking along the beach. We especially liked the pinecone and maple seed pendants, which she designs through a process called organic burnout, an old jewelry making technique based on lost wax casting.
We first discovered Foe and Dear at the We ♥ Hand made Art Market. We adore Kat's gold plated hand wire wrapped rings with iron flecked herkimer diamonds or pearls. She also makes beautiful necklaces and bracelets with quartz tourmaline crystals dangling from vintage brass chains. Plus the packaging and tags are so darn pretty.
Be sure to visit the Fall Art Sale and stop by the Bijoux pop-up shop while you are there. It's a unique addition to the art sale and a great way to support local artisans. The launch party is tonight from 6 - 9 p.m.
Bijoux Pop-up Shop
Art Gallery of Hamilton
123 King Street West
November 3 - 16