Meet Victoria Marie Barquin!

Im excited to introduce another artist involved in the project, Victoria Marie Barquin! She will be creating beautiful prints to go along with all three guidelines! I am very excited to collaborate with her, and see what she creates with the images of jewelry made as well as her own creative touch. 

"My contribution to the Guidelines project is a suite of three, 18 x 24 inch screenprints that represent and respond to the work being made under each assignment. The prints will be included in the exhibition phase of the project as well as in promotional and marketing materials. All of the prints will be available for purchase.
Aside from making prints, collaborating with other artists is one of my greatest passions. There is so much to learn from the way another maker thinks and produces—especially if they work predominantly in another medium. I’ve had the immense pleasure of collaborating with Brie, Franko and Dan before and I’m so excited to work together again."
Victoria Marie Barquin (b. 1993) grew up in Cranbury, New Jersey and received her BFA in Printmaking from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2016. Barquin’s work meditates on the reciprocal relationship between past and present, juxtaposing old and new—analog and digital. She is currently working on a project inspired by the visual impact of walls, tiles, tags and graffiti, which highlights the intersection of text, image and architecture. Her work has been shown at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative and Spudnik Press in Chicago, where she is currently based, in addition to A R E A Gallery and Lens Gallery in Boston.

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June Guideline - Make a necklace as long as you a tall.

As June is coming to an end, so does the first chapter of the Guidelines project. 

June: Make a necklace as long as you are tall. This first piece can be made out of a material of your choice and does not have to be wearable. Think sculpturally. The necklace must have a closure of some kind and the weight cannot exceed 30 pounds.

This first guideline is pretty straightforward, no deep concept behind the piece was given. My plan was to give a fairly vague guideline to start off this project to push each artist a bit out of their comfort zone (or maybe not). The key phrase in this guideline to pay attention to are, "as long as you are tall""Think sculpturally" and "does not have to be wearable".

These were the most important aspects of creating this piece, and I would like to share my intentions behind why. I did not say that the "chain" itself had to match your height, or that when the "necklace" is closed it must be as long as you are tall. By not specifying, I hope to see varying interpretations of how each artist choose to create the length of their necklace. To think sculpturally is always an interesting thing to say to a contemporary jeweler, because in my mind what we do is sculptural, or better, we create tiny sculptures to be worn or to interact with the body.

Lastly, "does not have to be wearable" pushes jewelers to think about what contemporary jewelry is or can be. Most of the time when you say "jewelry" to someone outside of the contemporary jewelry and or art world, they have a very limited idea as to what jewelry is, what it is made of, and why we wear it. Most jewelry is wearable, but it can also be created to challenge the wearer, or the idea behind wearing jewelry; becoming performative, or restrictive to the wearer.

This first guideline gives the artists a chance to use the limit of their own height to create a necklace that can be wearable or a necklace that pushes the boundaries of what is expected to be jewelry. Both are welcomed equally, and I look forward to the potential conversations and differences between the works. 

Some of the artists have begun sharing process photos with me and through social media. If you would like to follow the project more closely, use one of these two hashtags to do so, #whengiventhesameguidelines or #guidelinesproject.

I wanted to share with you some of these progress shots to give you all a sneak peek! 

Kelly Jean Conroy

Meet the Artist - Daniel Koy

Daniel Koy

The Diver - On display at the New York Aquarium in Coney Island

Daniel Koy is an illustrator, sculptor, and scuba diver from New York City. Currently mostly working in metal and wood, he makes a range of work from traditional sculpture, to furniture. His sculptural work explores his interest in nature, environmentalism and the experiences had while scuba diving, while furniture and design work focuses on comfort, craft, and composition.

What interested you in being part of the Guidelines project?

I’m about to embark on a move across the country to live in California and I think this is the perfect opportunity to make some fresh work inspired by this major life change. Although I don’t have a traditional jewelers background, it’s always something I’ve been interested in so I am very excited to be a part of this project

Last, but not least, Daniel Koy is the final Artist joining in on the Guidelines project! When he responded to my call for artists, I was so happy to have someone on board who isn't traditionally a jeweler, but with his background in blacksmithing and welding fabrication, I knew he would bring an interesting twist to each guideline. I was first introduced to Daniel while I was visiting our mutual friend Emma Levitz at Salem Art Works where they were both Intern Artists in residence. The following year I was an Emerging Artist in resident at SAW, and we have kept in touch over the past couple of years as part of the SAW family. Can't wait to see what you create Daniel! 

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Meet the Artist - Georgina Trevino

Georgina Trevino

Georgina Trevino is a contemporary jeweler from Tijuana, Mexico currently living in San Diego, California. She obtained a Bachelors Degree in Applied Design with an emphasis in Jewelry Making from San Diego State University in 2014.
Georgina Trevino’s work is a personal narrative and reflection of the nostalgic memories of unfinished architecture in Tijuana, Mexico. She incorporates industrial material local to the framework of Tijuana infrastructure into jewelry that discusses the dichotomy between conventional building material straddling the United States and Mexico border.
This recent work is an extension of her work by paying closer attention to color pattern and shape in relation to modern architecture and contemporary art movements she is surrounded by now. She uses techniques and materials like enameling, found objects, polymer clay, cement and other fun color techniques that relate to her cultural and architectural background.

What interested you in being apart of the Guidelines project?

"When given the same guidelines" Interested me and motivated me to work outside my jewelry routine of production. I look forward to the guidelines and follow along the other artists work & process and see how each artist approaches the guidelines with their own aesthetic during the following months. ;) "

Georgina Trevino is an artist who is on fire in the contemporary jewelry and fashion world. Her work has been featured in magazines such as Marie Claire Mexico, Pin-UP a magazine for Architectural Entertainment, Vogue Mexico, and publications such as ANIMAL No 26: Archivos and Contemporary Jewelry Exchange Vol. 2 - a  project created by Olga Raben to bring artists from all over the world who get paired and asked to create a unique contemporary piece of jewelry for each other. 

I'm so honored to have artists like Georgina excited about the Given Guidelines, and can't wait to see how she navigates the process for each Guideline. In a way, having her on board makes the project feel whole in the sense that we now have artists from across the country, from the east coast all the way to the west coast. I'm thrilled and excited about the possibilities that will unfold during the project and ready to discover the conversations between the work presented by each artist involved. Only 10 days before the making begins!

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Meet the Artist - Alanna June Robbins

Alanna June Robbins

Alanna Robbins is an artist and metalsmith based out of Boston, MA.  Her work centers around her own social, economic and romantic endeavors in an attempt to break down these social insecurities. Through the use of traditional metal construction, Alanna makes wearable adornments that require a performer and a bystander's interaction to not only activate the object but to create the public spectacle as well. Alanna is a Mass Cultural Council 2017 finalist in crafts and an Adjunct Instructor in Jewelry and Metals at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. 

What interested you in being apart of the Guidelines project?

"While in an academic setting guidelines are like your "fish bowl", they are there for you to grow into, push up against, and when your ready, break down. They push you to create in a way that you otherwise wouldn't have, and ultimately this makes you learn more about yourself, and why you "make" the way you do. In the wake of my academic years, I have often found myself yearning for some constraints and DEADLINES! I'm not sure what I will end up producing during this challenge, but I am excited to find out!"

Alanna is one of my closest friends who constantly amazes me. Not only does she make crazy-cool work, Alanna is the perfect example of someone living the Artist Hustle. She teaches workshops at Metalwerx and also works as their marketing and special events coordinator, is a gallery educator for Family Programs at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, teaches night classes in the Jewelry department at MASSART,  and works as an artist assistant for Venetia Dale. I'm so happy she is going to find time to participate in this project. Alanna already sent me some sketches and ideas for the first guideline, so I know she's going to come up with some fantastic pieces! Who's excited!?!?!

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Meet the Artist - Melissa Gisele

Melissa Gisele

"As an artist, I work to create a collection of jewelry that evokes a sense of simplicity and flow. I am intrigued by the intimacy of jewelry making; from working closely with metal using tools, to the connection of the piece and the client. I want to create powerful jewelry that gives the wearer a feeling of comfort and confidence. Every piece is made with careful consideration of design and wearability.
My muse; the mountains, lakes, and rivers, constantly teach me the power of simplicity. The reflection of birds flying across a still lake. The zig zag pattern of snowy mountain peaks. The texture of ice accumulating on the roots of a tree cascading into a river. I am inspired by these moments in time so much so that I can feel like I can breathe more deeply when I am experiencing it. These moments are like fuel for my artwork. I highlight nature’s perfect curation of simplicity, repetition, and texture into my jewelry designs.
My current work is bold yet simple. I use clean lines followed by a beaded wire to create movement. Pointed slopes; like mountain peaks or the tip of a leaf, are prevalent throughout my work. I like to use circle and pear shaped stones because they convey a feeling of calmness. I am challenging myself in this new collection by cutting, shaping, and polishing the gemstones. I am also exploring new shapes and lines then previous collections. All of the metalsmithing is done using traditional techniques. Each gemstone is thoughtfully cut and polished to an exact shape; the metal work being the perfect vessel for the vibrant gem."

What interested you in being apart of the Guidelines project?

"After studying at MassArt and working in Boston, I packed my car and drove out to California. I followed my California Dream but left my art community I created in Boston. I live in a small mountain town now so I can create my art but also continue to explore the wilderness. I would never leave the mountains because I love to escape with my dogs whenever I please but the only downside is that I am hours away from art museums and galleries and there is literally no "art scene" where I live. I want to join this group to connect with other makers outside of my mountain bubble and continue to challenge myself with new projects and new ideas."

Melissa is another MASSART grad! I enjoyed reconnecting with her to find that we both left Boston and ended up living in much more rural areas, taking in the mountains around us and going on long hikes between working in our studios. It's a big change to go from living in a city full of art and people, to live far away from anything familiar. Everyone chooses their own adventure in life, and I've enjoyed watching her jewelry grow; her love of stones and little details of the outdoors like mountain peaks are translated through her hands into the wonderful wearable work she creates.   I can't wait to see how her surroundings inspire and or affect her work for each guideline. 

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