Kolesar, Patsy Kay

Building: Onion Studio, The
Address: 1103 Union Street , Suite: 7
I turn stories into metal. Making jewelry allows me to transform the amazing and the heart breaking moments in life into wearable art pieces. After leaving my first career working in women's organizations, I took my first jewelry making class. I walked into the teacher’s live/work studio and I never wanted to leave. I hadn't known that being a professional jewelry artist was an option. I had found what I was meant to do and I was ecstatic. Since that first metals class I have continued to study everything about jewelry design. I was an award-winning graduate from the Vancouver Community College’s Jewellery Art & Design program in 2007. My one of a kind work has been shown at exhibitions in Canada and the USA and my jewelry collections are sold at Galleries across Canada. My work is heavily focused on pattern and colour. Last spring I was invited to do a 2-month artist residency in Renkum, Holland. Since then my work has been very influenced by the bright colours of the gardens that bloomed outside of my workbench and the sea of jewel tones that captivated me when I biked through the tulip fields. I make all of my jewelry by hand at The Onion Studio building located in Vancouver’s Strathcona area. I am invested in the art of handmade. I believe in supporting local arts, local businesses and maintaining sustainable practices in my business.

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