Vanessa Yanow 98 PT
Based in Montreal, Canada
I use my studio as both a laboratory for research through experimentation and as a playground for creation. My primary techniques are lampworking glass and transforming textiles by cutting sewing and digitally embroidering. Because my jewelry pieces are handmade with non-traditional materials, each design requires me to invent new processes for that particular design. They are not just pieces of costume jewelry - they are conceptual, affordable and wearable artworks. My work always seems to put a smile on peoples face.
What are some things that inspire you in your studio practice?
Looking at everyday objects as potential materials for creation.
Does your current creative practice tie into your time spent at RISD? How so?
Yes, learning the basics of hot glass at RISD began my lifelong pursuit of mixing glass with other materials, namely textiles.
Is there a work/body of work that you are particularly excited about sharing with us at RISD Craft this year?
Any recent press/exhibitions/achievements you'd like to share with us?
Creating a temporary wall mounted public art piece that had adjoining sculptures in a nearby museum last summer was the biggest and most challenging and rewarding commission I've had in my art career. I am very proud of that series of works.
To see more of Vanessa's work, visit vanessayanow.com