CAMEO IS AN ONGOING SERIES FEATURING CANADIAN JEWELLERY ARTISTS. HERE, THEY SHARE THEIR LATEST THOUGHTS AND INSIGHTS, AND GIVE US A PEEK INTO THEIR PRACTICE.
EMILY BLAIR WAREHAM
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Describe your current work/practice in one sentence.
With great attention to detail, I am continuously driven by the constant challenge the materials and techniques present and the problem solving aspect involved in designing one-of-a-kind jewellery pieces.
What are three things/ideas that inspire you?
The personal narrative derived from the emotional rollercoaster ride of becoming a mother.
The juxtaposition of hard and soft. Both in material and line/ form quality.
The challenges that the fabrication process presents in building one-of-a-kind pieces.
What other things do you do besides your jewellery practice?
When I am not working in the studio, teaching or involved in art administrative work I have the best job in the world: Mom. I feel so lucky that I get to see the world through the eyes of a bright, free spirited 4-year-old.
What is a favourite piece that you’ve made and why?
One of my favourite pieces was a material exploration piece I completed at the end of my first year of my MFA. A brooch titled 'In-Between' is simple in form but very much a statement. Made with bathroom caulking squeegeed over tulle and stretched over a shallow high polished brass dome and set in a silver ring. At first glance it has a painterly quality that draws people in making them want to touch it. This piece taught me an important lesson in trusting my instincts and artistic voice.
What word pops into your mind when you think of Canadian art jewellery?
Diverse... small but mighty.
What is coming up next for you?
I will be participating in my first ever craft market with 5 other Co-Adorn members in the Craft Nova Scotia Summer Market, here in Halifax. I look forward to continuing my work as Co-Chair of Co-Adorn Art Jewellery Society. This fall, I finally see a little more studio time between teaching gigs. I look forward to finding more focus on my studio work post-MFA.