This year for the first time I took my jewelry to an in person fair. From the 28-29October 2023 I joined many artists in exhibiting my wire wrapped jewelry at Parallax Art Fair.
My unique wearable art pieces ware the subject of many a conversation.
Some of the pieces even found a forever home, they were released in the wild to lighten up someone’s day.
The selenite tree of life(below) surprised many of my visitors. We spoke of how life is often abundant but there may be times when life becomes hard, and perhaps we feel low about it, but what we have to remember that all lows are reversible and abundance can come your way once more. The pendant was both a wearable art piece and a stark reminder of our human condition. For where is life there is also death, where abundance reigns lack can equally flourish.
The obsidian arrow pendant , wrapped in silver plated copper was also admired by many. Obsidian was used in ancient times to create sharp weapons and knives as it naturally lent itself to that task. My reworking of the arrow head into a wearable art piece, renders this weapon harmless. The piece itself is a stark reminder to us all how thin the line is between beauty and horror, that by one simple act we can either choose to bring beauty into the world or bring about its destruction.
Caged – the lapis lazuli in copper became one of the featured images in the newsletter going out to many Parallax visitors. And though it was center stage when promotion came out, only one person remarked that they have seen it. This again reminds me how as human beings may be extremely unique and we may delight our world with our presence, but that does not mean that we will be seen by many. We may stand out from the crown and yet we may still be overlooked. Though perhaps we may not be seen by everyone, we should not give up on shining bright, we should not never give up our uniqueness. We may sometimes feel cages by the mundane, by the ordinary but that should never stop us being extra ordinary.
Turquoise – my turquoise collection was the subject of controversy, when one visitor took one look at the pieces and said “these are howlite stones, right.” She did not even try to enter into a conversation with me, but made a judgment without even considering that perhaps she may have been wrong. She had a preconceived idea and she was not even interested in what another perspective might be. She wanted to just make her statement of fact and run. This just reminded me how quick to judgment people are without even considering the impact of their words on others or that perhaps they are erroneous in their thinking.
Gaudi inspired sea glass collection – this collection turned heads because some assumed it to be stained glass. The hand painted nature of the glass reminded many of the iconography one will see in churches. It took some explaining to my visitors that actually these were all recycled glass pieces that were discarded in the sea by humans. The glass was then shaped by the waves of the Mediterranean sea and sand, then spewed out by Poseidon back to the shore. Each glass piece may have come off either from a cruise ship that docked in Barcelona or perhaps used to be a bottle thrown into the sea by drunk visitors. The pendants were a stark reminder to all of us how rubbish discarded in our oceans and sea, may come back to the shore to hunt us. Through my picking them up, painting them and wire wrapping them, this glass is now once again alive with purpose. Nature and human design blended in a wearable art piece.
By far the most widely asked question was how long does it take to make one of the pieces. Well…on average it takes me about 3-4 hours but some pieces take up to about 8, it all depends on the size and design.
I had a few people ask me if I do masterclasses in wire wrapping? No. I do not do any classes, however I sometimes do lives on my Instagram (@artistic_ambivalence), and you can see my process.
Bellow is one of the time lapsed lives from a few months ago when I wire wrapped a lava shard from the Azores. This piece took me over 4 hours to make.
The face to face encounter with my visitors was enlightening and engaging. Many were mesmerized by the amount of detail in the work, others were just passers by. Each artist at Parallax had a story to tell, and with so many stories around it is no wonder that detail became overwhelming.
One thing to realize is that no matter how amazing your art work is, the viewer will determine whether in their eyes is worth it.
The event itself was a new experience. It allowed me to recognize what makes my pieces so unique. Without telling the stories of my pieces I would never have realized that each item is a fractal of the world itself. Each pendant had a message to the audience, if only they were ready to hear it.
I am not sure when my wire wrapped pendants will go out for a walk again, until then I am not to be found on the high-street. Each twist of the wire, each stone in its setting has a meaning, each pendant continues to look for a forever home.
To those who stopped to chat to me, Thank you!
To those who passed, Sorry we were not on the same frequency!
To those who bought one of my items, I hope you enjoy wearing it as much as I enjoyed making them!
Ps: Parallax was not only an art fair for some of us. The area that I was in became a booth for very powerful channeled messages.
A student of anthropology stepped to my stall – and we conversed about the more ethereal aspects of artistry, the pendants became a story teller to this young man, exploring some of the stories from a more philosophical angle. In truth he wanted to speak to my neighbor about her photography, and instead he received some insight about himself or his journey, from a higher source.
A young man of 13 was enticed about my live wrapping and was reminded how important it is to be creative. He was able to recognize how he doodles on himself but this could also be a way of him maintaining his connection with source. His encounter with me was all about him realizing that art is a form of expression and he should continue his craft, his doodles have a reason for being.
My neighbors all received a message from their guides, providing them insight into the future, or just reminding them the power they hold within. Thus their presence at the became a tool to further develop their own awareness of self.
I thought that taking part in an art fair will be just about my jewelry, instead I became a channel for information for those who needed guidance in their lives. Through choosing a specific pendant that most spoke to them, they could tap into the unseen world of guides.
Two young women who chose a lapis lazuli pendant and a labradorite pendant, recognized how one perhaps speaks too much and has no filter, whilst the other realized she needed more protection of her auric field. This information came through just by choosing a particular piece.
A few months back I was told by one of my friends from the spiritual circles that my art contains codes, at the time I did not know what she meant. After this event I am certain that each piece has it’s own language, and it will only go to the right person. If one of my wire wrapped pendants does speak to you, know that it has a message contained within, that was specifically chosen for you, and nobody else in the world would have fallen in love with your piece as much as you did. Your subconscious knows why you chose to buy my art. Aho!
My name is Gabriella and I have an interest in a variety of art forms.
I use photography both in my day job and as a form of artistic expression.
I have started using photography as a means to also promote my jewellery business as well.
In the past 2 and a half years; my images have been exhibited in digital exhibitions across the globe.
This website is a dual site promoting my images as well as my hand made artisan jewellery.
In terms of jewellery making I use the art of wire wrapping and crocheting. My pieces are unique and limited edition; especially the wire wrapping.
My jelweery pieces have also travelled the globe; finding forever homes in Australia; USA and UK.