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deb karash: bold colors on metal

Each curved layer of bold color is perfectly framed by a silver foundation that acts as a backlight for the rich colors. Dark shadows dancing around the edges of the shape force your eye to move towards the petal’s luminous center. These are the characteristics that distinguish Deb Karash’s jewelry and I was certain that she achieved these effects with enamels until I read the November issue of Art Jewelry Magazine.

Hazel Wheaton’s conversation with Karash is informative and entertaining. In the interview Karash explains how she creates the lush colors on her jewelry with colored pencils. Inspired by Helen Shirk’s vessels, the jewelry artist began to experiment until she accidentally happened upon an answer…please do go out and get the magazine to learn more.  The images on the web pale in comparison to the spread in the magazine.  Worth every penny.

From the interview:

Men should definitely wear jewelry.  I think lapels are a huge amount of wasted real estate.  All those empty lapels wandering around out there in the world?  It’s a sin!

If you are interested in patinas, this issue also has a great article about how to color copper.  Loved it.  And I was thrilled to see that both Judy Dunn and Grace Stokes have pictures in the Gallery. Yes!

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2 Responses to deb karash: bold colors on metal

  1. Susan —
    Thanks so much for spreading the word about AJ’s interview with Deb Karash. I’ve admired her work for a long time, and it was a real pleasure to sit down and talk to her. The more exposure she gets, the better!

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