ARTIST OF THE MONTH-03
ARTIST OF THE MONTH
Every month we introduce you to one of our consignment artist. There is no salt and pepper, we reveal the rawest story on our artists' creative journey. How they met and fell in love with jewellery? What inspired them and how? What was the making process like? What are the tips on being a successfully established jewellery artist? Keep an eye on our Facebook page every Tuesday for latest update on our featured artist!
|01-Dino Giannetti||02-Carlos Soto||03-John Carnes|
|04-Deborah Vivas||05-Janis Kerman||06-Petra Luz|
|07-Jesper Jensen||08-Dominique Audette||09-Bande Des Quatre|
|10-Bayot Heer||11-Christine Dwane|
Artist of the Month (3): John Carnes
April 20, 2017
John Carnes was born in Los Angeles in 1965, but soon after moved to Hawaii with his family and spent his early childhood skateboarding on the Big Island. He later moved back to California, and growing up he found himself compelled to create visual art as well as music, eventually choosing to pursue music full time. After a decade of late nights playing jazz, reggae and funk music in bars, John became disenchanted and felt it was time to return to his love for fine art. He discovered jewellery making, threw himself in completely, and from then on his appreciation for the materials and perfectionism of the various jewellery processes quickly developed!
In the mid 90’s John began making jewellery on his own while taking night classes and workshops in the upstate New York area, after which he began working for some local area goldsmiths. The colour palette and patterning options of Mokume Gane intrigued him, and it became his specialty. In 2005, John moved to Toronto and started creating his own work full time - with a heavy focus on the Mokume Gane technique.
John currently plays music with the Traditional Korean Music Association of Canada and finds that his outlook as a bassist greatly informs his metal work with a “less is more” approach, confident in the quiet boldness of simplicity.
After a 30 year hiatus, John is also back on a skateboard!
“I’ve learned from the ocean how to play music, and from music how to work with metal: be deliberate in your spontaneity, focused yet open.” -John Carnes
John’s specialty is the technique of Mokume Gane, which is translated from Japanese to “wood eye metal”. The technology is all in the eyes and hands, from rolling out sheet, firing billets and hand carving them, right down to the final polish. There are no shortcuts or mass production techniques whatsoever! John loves this aspect of the work – he feels that each piece is it’s own little journey, as it should be, since he is almost always creating engagement and wedding rings.
John tells his students that you don’t love something until you hate it, meaning, of course, that the romance of inspiration can only carry you so far. At some point, he says, “what you love” simply becomes part of you and your life, and takes on a deeper meaning than momentary inspiration.
The most valuable lessons that John has learned in the jewellery industry are stamina, willingness to learn, grow and adapt, and seeing adversity as a challenge. In the words of one of his favourite film directors Akira Kurosawa: “stupid finds a way where clever sees a wall”.
Thank you John for your wisdom and for continuing to dazzle us with your wunderfully unique designs!
For more example of John's work, visit John Carnes under CANADIAN ARTISTS menu.