Michelle Pajak-Reynolds

Stick it to 'em-Pins Behaving Badly Online Exhibition


Stick it to 'em-Pins Behaving Badly Online Exhibition

A pin/brooch exhibition that challenges limiting ideas, such as: " You can't make jewelry out of that. You can't use that material in that way. Nobody would really wear that. You don't make real jewelry..."
Curator: Michelle Pajak-Reynolds

Location: online: July 24-August 24, 2009
Members: 20
Latest Activity: Dec 13, 2010

Stevie B.
Don't ask don't tell
Brooch, 2007-2008
Sterling silver, brass, epoxy resin, pigment, patina, ribbon, photograph of Arlington National Cemetery

Stevie B.
The Plunge (40 Loads Series)

Brooch, 2008
Sterling silver, plastic laundry detergent cap, Plexiglas,
epoxy resin, Prismacolor, found objects, patina

Harriete Estel Berman
The Devil Inside

Pin constructed with recycled tin cans, Sterling Silver rivets, commercial pin stem (concealed on the back). 4.25” height x 4.25 “ width x ¼” depth
Artist Statement: The pin has a pocket large enough to hold a condom and small sample package of sexual stimulants.

Christine Bossler

Sterling silver, nickel silver, glass
6 x 3 in each
Artist Statement: Enhanced is part of a series that looks at ideas of body adornment. In this case breast enhancements and offers an alternative to more traditional routes.

Thea Clark
Catch Breath Comma
2008- Wet and needled felted wool, silver, paper, ink, mica,
3.75"h x 1.75"w x .5"d

Thea Clark
Stitch, Bind, Explode
2009- Needle felted wool, steel wire, cotton and silk floss
8.5"h x 4.5"w x 2"d
Artist Statement: My work is fueled by an ongoing exploration of materials. Themes that inspire me are informed by my process as a professional actor and include: the tension between internal and external identity, the forms and visceral experience of language. I use metal and handmade felt together with various mixed media and found objects.

Cheryl Eve
Skin Brooch; Algae

Copper, nylon,
1.5” X 4”X 3”

Cheryl Eve
Skin Brooch: Flora

Copper, nylon
2" X 3.25” X 3.5”
Artist Statement: My jewelry falls between the interpretation and representation of nature, mainly marine fauna and coral reefs. My detachment to my native land has welcomed a desire to celebrate and value coral’s existence. The immediacy and intimacy of my jewelry on the body does not pertain to the true nature of a coral’s growth but its symbiotic relation to its environment; it conforms to the skin becoming and extension of it. The bare skin becomes the base from where the coral jewel grows, an ocean from which my jewelry obtains life.

Elliot Gaskin
Pulley Series Belt/Brooch

silver, gold leaf, deer antler, silk string
Photo Credit: Bob Toy, Model: Alexis @ Look Agency

Elliot Gaskin
Pulley Series Belt/Brooch-detail view

silver, gold leaf, deer antler, silk string
Photo Credit: Bob Toy, Model: Alexis @ Look Agency

Anne Havel
Gone before they're discovered

4.125 x 4.125 x 1"
materials/process: torch-fired vitreous enamel on copper, sterling, glass
seed beads, stainless steel, riveted, pierced, formed
Artist Statement: Most common comments: Isn't that too big to wear? Won't it fall
over/droop? Isn't it too heavy to wear?

I wear it. iI has a double pin stem and stands up just dandy. and, because
of the double pin stem it can be worn on all but the flimsiest of materials,
despite its size and weight.

Vicky T. Hunt
Leopard Skin Sundew Brooch

Artist Statement: It features a 'Leopard Skin' Jasper which has bold contrasting patterns which are a cross between 'animal print' and abstract art. This piece also features bronze sheet (etched and turned an 'antique' green), fine silver heishi (Fair Trade from the Thai Karen Hills Tribes), brass micro-screws and fine merino wool roving - in deep green, pale pink and shocking pink.
The wool is both wet felted with needle felted detail and the 'bobbles' make it look (to me) like a sundew carnivorous plant - hence the name!
It is about 21 cm across.

Vicky T. Hunt
Rafflesia Brooch

Artist Statement: It features a piece of Fossil Oolite. Oolite is a sedimentary rock formed with ooids (meaning 'egglike') - spherical grains in concentric layers. This piece also features Faux bone, shoe polish, copper (with heat patina), stainless steel & brass micro-screws, turquoise coloured bone beads, brass heishi, silver coloured heishi (Fair Trade from Ethiopia), fine silver etched heishi (Fair Trade Thai Karen Hill Tribes), pinks/greens merino wool (wet felted).
I named it "Rafflesia" as it reminds me of those huge jungle parasitic flowering plants!
Length (of center): 8cm
Width (of center): 6cm
Length (whole piece) - about 22cm
Width (whole piece) - about 11cm

Sergey Jivetin
Bite (from Singularities, 2007)

Jeweler's sawblade
1" x 1" x 1/2"

Kathleen W. Kennedy
Q-Tip Study Brooch

Size: 2"x2"x1.5"
Medium: Sterling Silver, enameled copper, and Q-Tips

Sung-Yeoul Lee
Connection II

Sung-Yeoul Lee

Jera Rose Petal Lodge
Splooge Pin Series
Plexiglas, Sterling SIlver

Robert Longyear
revisionist's draft 01

copper, sterling, brick, lace matrix
electroformed, fabricated
4" X 2.5" X 2.5"

Robert Longyear
revisionist's draft 02

copper, sterling, brick, plate glass, lace matrix
electroformed, fabricated
3" X 2.5" X 2.5"
Visit Robert's blog for the backstory on these works

Marcus Marguillier
Beaming Gem Brooch

Sterling silver, stainless steel (clasp), synthetic ruby.
Overall dimensions: 58 mm x 39 mm x 32 mm (2,31 x 1,56 x 1,28 inch)
Reflector disk: 32 mm (1,28 inch)
ruby: 10 mm (0,4 inch)

Marcus Marguillier
Beaming Gem Brooch-detail

Sterling silver, stainless steel (clasp), synthetic ruby.
Overall dimensions: 58 mm x 39 mm x 32 mm (2,31 x 1,56 x 1,28 inch)
Reflector disk: 32 mm (1,28 inch)
ruby: 10 mm (0,4 inch)
Artitst Statement: Have you ever been told that gems have to be set 'face-up'? ;-)

Jennifer Moss

Sterling Silver, Pearl, Plaster, Spring steel.
2" x 3.5" x .5"

Jennifer Moss

Sterling Silver, Pearl, Plaster, Spring steel.
2" x 3.5" x .5"
Artist Statement: This piece was created as part of an exploration of various tactile, non precious materials in contrast to sterling silver and pearls. I was interested in discovering and highlighting the inherent properties of the materials that I was using, and with plaster I focused on its use as a building material and its duality of strength/weakness. I liked the surprise of using the cheap, simple plaster to set a precious and traditional pearl.

Chelsey Radabaugh
Cough Brooch

4 x 2.5 x .5 inches.
sterling silver, pet hair

Carolyn Rogers
Humping Pugs III

nickel, silver, brass, steel
4 x 3 inches

Gary Schott
Throbbing Heart Pin

aluminum, brass, and enamel paint
6cm x 3.2cm x 3.2cm
Video of Throbbing Heart Pin in action https://crafthaus.ning.com/video/throbbing-heart-brooch

About the curator:Michelle Pajak-Reynolds is a studio jeweler who uses a variety of materials and techniques to create one of a kind jewelry and wearable art. Her work ranges from simple designs featuring lines and shapes, to complex designs with multiple layers, textures, colors, and patterns. Pajak-Reynolds’s work is nationally exhibited, published, and internationally collected. She holds a BFA (Magna cum Laude) in Jewelry, Metals, and Enameling from Kent State University. For more info about Michelle and her work please visit her Crafthaus page or www.michellepajak.com

Michelle Pajak-Reynolds
Drawing Series: Morning Meditation #3 (brooch)

22k gold leaf, nylon, plexiglas
7 x 13.5 x 2 cm

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Comment by Brigitte Martin on August 5, 2009 at 6:27am
I have looked at this exhibit a bunch of times now, and enjoy it every time ! So many interesting pieces, a really wonderful collection, Michelle !
Comment by Stevie B. on July 31, 2009 at 6:46pm
What a great exhibit!

And the drive wasn't that bad :)

Thanks Michelle!
Comment by Brigitte Martin on July 24, 2009 at 6:16am
Wickedly funny !! Great job you all. And, of course, special thanks to Michelle for putting this show together !
Comment by 2Roses on July 22, 2009 at 11:13pm
Congratulations to Michelle and all the artists who participated in this exhibition. It is a truly thought-provoking and inspiring body of work. Bravo!

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