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Craft Council of
Newfoundland and Labrador

Devon House Craft Centre
59 Duckworth Street
St. John's NL, Canada
A1C 1E6
Tel: (709) 753-2749
Fax: (709) 753-2766
Email: [email protected]

Speaking Through My Hands

Speaking Through My Hands Start Date: 2012-05-12
End Date: 2012-06-10

Join us for the opening reception of Speaking Through My Hands May 12 from 2-4pm for a celebration of jewellery and fabric.

With her jewellery, metalsmith Jaclyn Humphries elevates fabric, rather than gems, to a precious status.

Humphries's jewelry demonstrates a fresh approach to materials.  Her rings often showcase a shock of ragged fabric curled up like the petals of a rosebud.  By using handmade fabric instead of expensive gems, Humphries is attempting to restore fabric's lost preciousness. Trained as both a textile artist and a metalsmith, Humphries' innovative jewelry exploits the contrast between the welcoming softness of the fabric ornament and the hardness of the metal.  It is a welcome response to an increasingly virtual world.

Speaking through my hands

My work infuses tradition with new ideas, shedding fresh light on Fine Craft. I have created a series of jewellery pieces composed of silver and fabric that are wearable sculptures and functional adornments, inspired by nature and everyday life. My jewellery pieces are comprised of smooth geometric shapes that give you a sense of calm, yet make you feel powerful and give you a sense of confidence. Every one can relate to the simple forms that I have chosen, with each person grasping onto a different but relevant aspect.

This series of work incorporates the two mediums that I have been practicing for several years: metal and fabric. The work has been created using flat patterns and forms mirroring the textiles. Fabric is the accent and replaces the customary use of gemstones.

In today’s society, many of the tangible items in our daily lives are becoming intangible or virtual.  Thus, Fine Craft is forever struggling to captivate the audience and is constantly being  reinvented to stay alive. My exhibition showcases both the comfort and texture inherent in fabric and its underestimated value. It also displays the structure, strength, and resistance of metal, contrasting and relating it to fabric elements. This symbolizes for me the comfort, value and power that jewellery has in society, as well as one’s self.

Artist Bio

A 26-year old jewellery/textiles artist, Humphries was born and bred in Newfoundland and Labrador. In 2008 she acquired her Diploma in Textiles from the College of the North Atlantic, St. John’s. Subsequently, Humphries obtained from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (2011) a BFA Interdisciplinary, focusing on jewellery design and metalsmithing. 


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