15 Vanessa Yanow

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Innovative glass and textile jewelry

I use my studio as both a laboratory for research through experimentation and as a playground for creation. I push the boundaries of traditional techniques and reclaim the importance of playfulness as an inherent part of my processes. My primary techniques are flame working with glass and transforming textiles by cutting, sewing, digitally embroidering and sometimes even burning! Because my jewelry pieces are made with non-traditional materials, each design requires me to invent new processes for that particular design. I am committed to the collaborative experience with my materials. I incorporate everyday objects into my creations to challenge myself materially and to infuse a sense of humour or irony into the final design. They are not just pieces of costume jewelry – they are conceptual, affordable and wearable artworks. My work always seems to peak the public’s curiosity and more often than not puts a smile on their face.