Karen Gilbert: Shift

Shibumi Gallery, Berkeley, California, USA

Karen GilbertKaren Gilbert is a designer, jeweler, mother, wife, partner in a glass business, and gallery owner. I don’t think she can fit one more thing on her plate. She is having a show with Shibumi Gallery, where owner April Higashi is pretty much in the same boat. How do these women do it…and do it so well? In this show called Shift, Karen has shifted the look of her jewelry to a simpler, more colorful style.

Susan Cummins: What is the story of your journey to becoming a jeweler?

Karen Gilbert: I became a jeweler by accident. I was a student at California College of Arts and Crafts in the painting department when I took an elective in the metals department and became mesmerized by the material of metal. I loved drilling it, sculpting it, torching it—all the tactile qualities appealed to me. I switched my major, and at the same time, became involved in the glass department. The two materials had the immediacy that I needed. I love to work quickly and to respond to my materials as I am working. After school, I worked for numerous jewelers, and that led me into creating wearable pieces. I loved that people actually wanted to buy and wear what I created, and that the relationship of maker and collector really gives meaning to art.

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Karen Gilbert
Karen Gilbert
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Karen Gilbert
SkLO
Karen Gilbert
Karen Gilbert
Karen Gilbert

Jewels on the Border: La Frontera Exhibition

José Wolffer
I looked at the miniature weapons and asked myself, does representation entail glorification? That’s the reasoning behind not giving media coverage to the atrocities commited by the drug cartels, the hangings from the public bridges, or the beheaded bodies found on a daily basis. Do tiny bejeweled AK-47s and souvenir keyrings with the faces of cartel leaders glorify the violence, the sheer, insane, all-corruptive power of drug money, and the narco “style of living?”
Exhibition Details
Exhibition Title: 
La Frontera
Exhibition Dates: 
June 7–July 28, 2013 and August 14–September 15, 2013

La Frontera Reception

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La Frontera Reception
Drug traffic route
Kerianne Quick
Kerianne Quick
Elizabeth Rustrian
Edward Lane McCartney
Barba Fernanda
Mabel Pena
Jette Zirpin
Jorge Manilla

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