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Cut From The Same Cloth   Maya Kini - Jewelry + Kate Nichols - Silver Gelatin Photograms
Jun
2
to Jul 29

Cut From The Same Cloth Maya Kini - Jewelry + Kate Nichols - Silver Gelatin Photograms

Cut From The Same Cloth
 
Maya Kini - Jewelry
+
Kate Nichols - Silver Gelatin Photograms


June 02 - July 29, 2018
 
*Opening June 02, 5-8pm

SHIBUMI GALLERY presents Cut From The Same Cloth a show featuring jeweler Maya Kini and photographer Kate Nichols. 
 
Both artists begin with organic matter as the foundation for their work. They juxtapose the ideas of beauty and complexity, illuminating the differences and similarities between.  While the artists work in very different mediums, material families play a significant role in each artist’s processes and final work.  The viewer is drawn into the often surprising surfaces and details of the pieces allowing them to make their own connections.

MAYA KINI was born in 1977 in Boston to parents from vastly different cultures, a mother from an Italian-American family and a father from India.   Maya studied sculpture and literature at Reed College and earned her MFA in Metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2007.  Her jewelry and sculptures have been included in numerous publications, most recently in CAST: Art and Objects Made Using Humanity’s Most Transformational Process.  Maya’s work is exhibited nationally and internationally.  She taught at Sacramento City College and California State University Sacramento until her return to San Francisco in 2017. 

Maya’s focuses on the movement of material and its many iterations as it is transformed from matter to object and back again.  Part artist, part historian, she seeks to understand how materials perform physically and poetically.  Cut from the Same Cloth is made up of four material families: diamonds, trees, silk and gold.  Maya draws the viewer into this quiet world of details where the pieces of jewelry illuminate individuality through form, texture and stone quality while also making clear the common threads and connections between them.

KATE NICHOLS synthesizes nanoparticles to mimic structurally colored animals, grows artificial skin from microorganisms, and makes her own paints, following fifteenth-century recipes. The long tradition of painters as material innovators inspired Nichols to become the first artist-in-residence in the Alivisatos Lab, a nanoscience laboratory at UC Berkeley. In 2010, she was appointed a TED Fellow and was awarded a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship. Her artwork has been featured on the cover of the journal Nature, on the TED stage, and in The Leonardo Museum’s permanent collection. In 2015, Nichols was awarded the Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship, an honor SFAI extends to one early- to mid-career painter each year. At Shibumi, Nichols will show unique silver gelatin photograms documenting cellulosic skins she grew in collaboration with the Arkin bioengineering lab at UC Berkeley. 

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Sensory:  Ruth Tomlinson - Fine Jewelry + Bruno Fazzolari - Scents
May
5
to May 27

Sensory: Ruth Tomlinson - Fine Jewelry + Bruno Fazzolari - Scents

SHIBUMI GALLERY presents Sensory a show featuring fine jewelry by British artist Ruth Tomlinson and perfume by San Francisco based perfumer Bruno Fazzolari.   Both artists’ work share a beautifully classical and refined sensibility. We are excited to join both jewelry and our favorite scents to layer with your jewelry or give as a gift. 
 
RUTH TOMLINSON is driven by her passion for the earth’s treasures.  In her search for preciousness she seeks the magic of minutiae, tiny intricacies and small imperfections. Her inspiration is drawn from both the mysteries of historical jewels and the ephemerality of nature’s life cycles from birth to decay. 
The work is often a response to her immediate environment whether being captivated by a fleeting moment on a train in India or completely immersed in a single jewel at a local museum. Her eyes are wide open to new discoveries as she observes and absorbs her surroundings.
 
Tomlinson believes that working with such precious materials is a privilege. Each piece of jewelry should be unique, like each of us, and evoke a story and sense of wonder.  Her designs and luxuriously wearable adornments are conceived with the notion of being treasured forever.
 
Since graduating with an MA from London’s Royal College of Art in 2005, Tomlinson has continued to investigate the unpredictable and push the boundaries of perceived preciousness.  Her critically acclaimed jewelry collections are considered to be one of the leading influences in the current generation of UK jewelry designers. 
 
BRUNO FAZZOLARI is a perfumer and visual artist. He first began creating scents inspired by his own experience of synethiesia ("seeing" scent). His first fragrances appeared alongside his paintings in gallery exhibitions.

All scents are hand-crafted and hand-poured in small batches in his studio in San Francisco using the highest quality raw materials.  Artisanal and personal in all respects, everything from the perfume formula to the package design is created, compounded, bottled, boxed and shipped by Bruno and a small staff.

Bruno is entirely self-taught and established Bruno Fazzolari Scents to offer his fragrances outside of the exclusive gallery setting. The line quickly attracted the attention of critics and fragrance lovers alike. Artforum named it a "Top Ten" for 2013. In 2014, Luca Turin gave the scent, Lampblack, a four-star review. The line has received extensive press including coverage in the style sections of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. 

  Bruno Fazzolari, Ruth Tomlison

Bruno Fazzolari, Ruth Tomlison

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Layering Your Jewelry Workshop: with Fredrica.
Apr
7
4:00 PM16:00

Layering Your Jewelry Workshop: with Fredrica.

Come by for wine and nibbles and to meet her and play with us. Feel free to bring some of your own pieces that you love. 

This event was inspired by our recent Shibumi Project session.  Real life stories about our clients, their jewelry and a story about them. Shibumi Project: We have a new story about one of our favorite women. Meet Fredrica. 

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