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Dreamscapes - Giovanna Torrico + Shesaidred Photography Opening & Summer Open House
Jun
8
to Jul 31

Dreamscapes - Giovanna Torrico + Shesaidred Photography Opening & Summer Open House

Please join us for our Summer Open House
and Next Opening Shibumi Opening...
in collaboration with 
Eric Powell's Sculpture Studio.

Visit both studios on Saturday June 08, 4-7pm

Looking at You, photo by Shesaidred with Giovanna Torrico, Ellipse Hoops, horsehair, brass, 18k gold plate.

Looking at You, photo by Shesaidred with Giovanna Torrico, Ellipse Hoops, horsehair, brass, 18k gold plate.

Dreamscapes

Giovanna Torrico - Jewelry
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Shesaidred - Photography


June 08 - July 28, 2019

Opening with the Artists on
 Saturday June 08, 4-7pm

Shesaidred, 1179_30A, Medium: Darkroom Chromogenic Print.

Shesaidred, 1179_30A, Medium: Darkroom Chromogenic Print.

Shibumi Gallery presents Dreamscapes featuring Giovanna Torrico Jewelry and shesaidred Photography.  

Giovanna's current body of work emerged from her past year of recovery and reflection following a back injury and the many hours spent reading, resting and the dreams that arose during those months.  For this show Giovanna has cast her sequin jewelry into metal sculptures.  The strange configurations have transformed the soft, lustrous materials into beautiful and grotesque sculptural rings and earrings. Shesaidred is the woman behind Giovanna’s beautiful look book photographs and her alluring photographs will be shown alongside of Giovanna’s work from her Mood, Memory, Myth, series.  

Giovanna Torrico's work with vintage sequins is the result of years of collecting and preserving these materials which she translates into contemporary jewelry.  Suspended on steel wire and combined with a range of innovative elements, the sequins allow continuous movement while revealing their sculptural and aerial quality.  These sequins, last cut in the 1930s, are precious and disappearing.  Their exceptional shapes and the uniqueness of their size, color, and texture give Giovanna’s pieces a delicately organized architectural structure and aesthetic.  Her collections are designed and hand-crafted in her Oakland, CA studio and include both limited edition and one of a kind pieces.

Shesaidred, is a photographer, filmmaker and artist known for her framed, dream-like cinematic stills. Her photographs are still shot on celluloid using 35mm to large format film cameras then taken into the traditional darkroom where they are individually hand crafted, resulting in unique prints. She was born and raised in Oregon by hard working Mexican immigrant parents.  After initially training and practicing as a hairstylist, she became fascinated with the world of photography and filmmaking.  When not in the darkroom or filming you’ll find her interpreting for the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights and Labor Commissioner of San Francisco. 

Above photos all photographed by shesaidred:
Looking at You, Ellipse Hoops, horsehair, brass, 18k gold plate. 
1179_30A, Medium: Darkroom Chromogenic Print.
Dark Fruit, Colibri  Lux Hyperbola Earrings, gelatin sequins.

Dark Fruit, Shesaidred Photography with Giovanna Torrico, Colibri Lux Hyperbola Earrings, gelatin sequins.

Dark Fruit, Shesaidred Photography with Giovanna Torrico, Colibri Lux Hyperbola Earrings, gelatin sequins.

Summer Open House

Wine and light bites.

Both Shibumi Gallery and Eric Powell's Studio
will be open Saturday June 08, 4-7pm

His studio is in walking distance of Shibumi.
Eric Powell Studio . 1401 Fourth Street (corner of Camelia)

Click here to see a video about Eric's inspiration

Eric Powell, Public Art / Sculpture

Eric Powell, Public Art / Sculpture

Eric Powell Studio, metal sculpture studio, Berkeley CA

Eric Powell Studio, metal sculpture studio, Berkeley CA

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Lineage - The Birthstone Show
May
4
to Jun 2

Lineage - The Birthstone Show

Lineage - The Birthstone Show 


May 04 - June 02, 2019

Jewelry + Clothing

*Opening Saturday May 04, 5-8pm 
 Featured Jewelers: April Higashi, Claudia Alleyne, Elisa Bongfeldt, Julia Efimova, Kate Eickelberg, Maya Kini, Mew Chiu, Nina Bukvic, Raissa Bump, Ruth Tomlinson, Polly Wales , Sam Woehrmann

Clothing by Natyalya Egorova

Shibumi Gallery presents Lineage -The Birthstone Show.  Each birthstone, or the gem associated with one’s month of birth, has it’s own folklore and unique meaning.   When worn it is said to enhance the natural properties of the stone. Since ancient times it is widely believed that wearing one’s birthstone is a symbol of wellness and good fortune.  The tradition of wearing birthstones can be traced back to 1st century Roman-Jewish history in which Aaron was said to have worn a breastplate into battle for protection set with the 12 different stones. While the designated stones for each month have alternated over time based on cultures, eras and fashion, the tradition of wearing a stone to mark a birth has always remained.

Births and the connections that are created from family are strong. The desire to continue a bloodline can be fierce.  People have fought wars and married into families simply to secure their bloodlines.

And the connection between a mother and child can be miraculous and mind-boggling.  As a mother myself, I sometimes feel as if I somehow absorbed my son’s own DNA into mine during pregnancy.  It is a wondrous experience to become a mother; from watching my son who grew from me and inside me to seeing him evolve into his own unique little soul.  

Like many others, I cherish the symbols that represent my family and those I am connected to. In honor of Mother’s Day and in celebration of all birthdays, at Shibumi Gallery we’ve decided to curate and dedicate a show to these gems which symbolize the creation of a lineage. Whatever the origin or actual properties the stone holds, a birthstone when given or bought expresses that you are special, loved and connected to a greater world. 
 

As well as showcasing unique birthstone jewelry we will also feature raw stones and organic cuts along with ideas of how you can combine birthstones in a tasteful way to symbolize the people who are meaningful in your life or even to honor your own birth day.

The jewelry will be shown alongside clothing by Natyalya Egorova.  Her collection is tailored with draped details that flatteringly contour the body. The collection features soft silks in solid colored basics and hand-painted silk prints inspired by abstract sensibilities. The natural fibers used in the collection are sourced from sustainable mills. All pieces are hand-tailored and she has a love for the hook and eye closure detail in some of her work.

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BRILLIANCE: THE STONE SHOW
Mar
30
1:00 PM13:00

BRILLIANCE: THE STONE SHOW

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Brilliance: The Stone Show

March 30 - April 28, 2019

Open House Saturday March 30th 1-6pm *

Following our trip to the Tucson Gem Show we will be hosting an exhibit of our new stone finds alongside a curated selection of gallery pieces to spark inspiration.  At Shibumi Gallery we love making new work and often our clients’ ideas and stories inspire some of our best designs.  
 
We invite you to come see what we have brought back and what piques your interest while perusing our new collection of stones and beads.   If you find something you love, we can work with you to create a custom piece within your price point.

*Join us Saturday March 31st
with local Broc Cellar Wines and light bites,
and so many beautiful stones to see.

We'll be here 1-6pm! 


We are also still taking in gold, platinum and palladium for trade-in value.  Come in and have us test your metal for trade credit and as you clean out your jewelry boxes.  
 
Following our successful custom event, many of our clients started their 2019 off curating their jewelry collection by redesigning pieces and re-purposing stones into beautiful new creations.

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Consider the Pearl...
Sep
14
to Oct 21

Consider the Pearl...

April Higashi,  Raku Pearl Necklace, Tahitian pearls, silver,  Kate Eickelberg,  Fireball Pearl Drop Earrings, 14k white gold, Megan Mcgaffigan , Boston Marriage I, silver, tintype, mississippi river pearls ,       Niki Uleha,  Pearl Half Sphere Posts, 18k gold.

April Higashi, Raku Pearl Necklace, Tahitian pearls, silver, Kate Eickelberg, Fireball Pearl Drop Earrings, 14k white gold,Megan Mcgaffigan, Boston Marriage I, silver, tintype, mississippi river pearlsNiki Uleha, Pearl Half Sphere Posts, 18k gold.

Consider the Pearl...

Jewelry

Claudia Alleyne

Kate Eickelberg

April Higashi

Megan McGaffigan

Niki Ulehla

Kiwon Wang

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Visual Art

Amy Tavern

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Tahitian and South Sea Pearls

Black Market Pearls


September 14 - October 21, 2018

Artists Reception & Opening: September 15, 5-8pm

wine and light bites!
 

SHIBUMI GALLERY presents Consider the Pearl, 14 Sep – 21 Oct, 2018


Food writer MFK Fisher’s book Consider the Oyster is a loving tribute to these mollusks in which she includes a ‘recipe’ for making Japanese pearls. Ingredients required, amongst other things, include: one healthy spat, one mature oyster, an unnamable wound-astringent and a diving girl. Prep time: ten years with seven years close supervision and “about a one in twenty chance of owning a marketable pearl.”

With Fisher’s witty recipe illuminating the considerable time, labor and risks involved in making a pearl, it’s no wonder they are revered worldwide. These beautiful curiosities have always held a mysterious allure for both jewelers and wearers owing to the surface’s subtle glow from the nacre - the crystalline substance that creates its unique iridescent visual effect. 

Consider the Pearl features six jewelers and a visual artist who, from different perspectives, explore the use of pearls in their work. April Higashi creates pieces that accent the organic nature of the pearl’s surface. Niki Ulehla uses cross-sections of pearls in her work revealing their inner nuclei and intricate layers. Kate Eickelberg contrasts the soft, natural beauty of pearls with industrial materials and architectural precision. Megan McGaffigan creates intimate and enigmatic pieces by interlacing tintypes with pearls. And visual artist Amy Tavern layers photographs and drawings with pearls that reference her interest in landscapes, both physical and emotional, and the ocean.

Along with the work of these and other artists, the gallery will feature Fred Sagues, owner of Black Market Pearls, a dealer from Tahiti and Asia who will be showing a selection of his gorgeous Tahitian and South Sea Pearls, both single loose pearls as well as strands. Fred will share his knowledge and his collection of pearls will be available to purchase for new commissions or future projects.

With Consider the Pearl, Shibumi will show how pearls can transcend the typical and be worn in a nontraditional manner. Feel free to bring in pearls you own that you’d like to transform into a contemporary showpiece or an everyday wearable statement. 

Please join us for the opening and artists' reception with wine and light bites, September 15, 5-8pm. 

Fred from Black Market Pearls will be in the gallery this Saturday 3 - 8pm.  Please come see his beautiful collection of pearls and hear more about the pearl farming.

Additionally, we will be offering wholesale appointments to other jewelers and artists on September 14, 11-3pm.  Please email info@shibumigallery.com if you’d like to come.

Amy Tavern, The Sea is Always the Same, digital print.

Amy Tavern, The Sea is Always the Same, digital print.

Kiwon Wang,  Poetry is Hidden Jewel, antique Korean poetry, fresh water pearls, thread, silver .

Kiwon Wang, Poetry is Hidden Jewel, antique Korean poetry, fresh water pearls, thread, silver.

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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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