BC: Dianne Karg Baron is an award-winning Canadian wire artist and instructor. She has been creating jewellery using precious metal wire and gemstones for more than 12 years. Her work has been featured in magazines, fine craft publications and books, including, “500 Earrings” by Lark Books She is a member of the Metal Arts Guild of Canada (Past President), the Ontario Crafts Council, and The International Guild of Wire Jewelry Artists (Past President, Juried Member). All photos and text in this book are by the artist. (c) 2008 Dianne Karg Baron. All rights reserved.
FC: BONSAI a new series of rings by Dianne Karg Baron
1: BONSAI a new series of ring by Dianne Karg Baron The creation of bonsai is often viewed as a means of cultivating shin-zen-bi, the virtues of “truth, goodness and beauty”. Practitioners seek to express the intertwined relationship of humans and nature. Bonsai are said to be the living embodiment of “heaven and earth in one container”. What appeals to me about bonsai is the focused intent and use of intuition in developing the form. Just like the creation of jewellery, patience is required for bonsai; there can be no hurrying if aesthetic perfection is to be achieved. In making this series, I studied the methods and philosophies used in creating bonsai, and interpreted them in precious metal wire and other materials. Though I started with a general idea of what I wanted the finished bonsai to look like, as it flowed/grew out of the ring base, I listened to intuitive promptings to help shape the tree into its final form. | Bonsai are not useful. Their main function is to be artful. Similarly, these rings are less “useful” and “practical” than my previous work has been. They serve as adornment for the body, but also stand as separate, individual entities. From the outset, I designed them to work as both jewellery and sculpture. While being worn, the hand forms an integral part of the bonsai’s landscape. When not being worn, each is displayed in a container, to encourage viewing and contemplation.
2: Bonsai No. 1 Sterling silver
4: Umemodoki Sterling silver, dyed coral
6: Bonsai No. 3 Sterling silver, human hair, instant gelatin powder
8: Bonsai No. 4 "Koten" Sterling silver
10: Cascade-style, Roots exposed Sterling silver, nail polish
12: The Blush Sterling silver, fine silver, glass seed beads
13: Trees erupt to life During the first days of May I call it "The Blush"
14: The Mother Tree Sterling silver, fine silver, glass seed beads All Nature's Mothers Hold out their sheltering arms The children grow strong
16: The Literati Sterling silver, polymer-coated copper
17: Minimalism As simple as possible The Literati
18: Regeneration Bonsai Sterling Silver Regeneration Old wood dies, but new shoots grow Contrast black and white
20: Bonsai No.10 Sterling Silver, nail polish Contact Info: Dianne Karg Baron firstname.lastname@example.org www.wrapturewirejewellery.on.ca tel: 1 (905) 579-1885