NomineeLouise Perrone
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Louise Perrone has made numerous contributions to the field of jewelry during her 20+ years as an artist, educator and community builder. She began her career working in metal, focussing on anodized aluminum, but after having children, faced the challenge of continuing her practice with injured hands and no access to studio space, uninterrupted time, or money. She needed to find a new way to create jewelry that defied traditional means of production. During a period of postpartum depression, she had found solace in a textile technique known as English Paper Piecing that emerged in 1770’s England to make use of precious scraps of delicate fabric, resulting in intricate patchwork quilts. The scarce documentation of these beautiful objects made by anonymous women resonated deeply with Louise’s reverence for handwork. Inspired by goldsmiths who have employed textile techniques in metal, Louise decided to reverse this notion and apply her metalsmith’s mentality to create jewelry from textiles. She began looking for fabrics that mimicked the lustre, colour, and affordability of the anodized aluminum she had previously worked with. Used silk neckties not only met these requirements but carried a conceptual weight that suggested ideas about gender, labor, and sustainability. She found that plastic sheet from discarded objects could be cut into geometric shapes and used to stabilize and highlight the qualities of fabric through the process of handstitching. Incorporating magnets to create hidden clasps allowed her jewelry to become sculpture when displayed away from the body. Further explorations looked at adornment as a coded message through works made from dresses, suits, jeans, and flags. More recent pieces have played with the nuanced curves of plastic objects, enveloping them in fabric from swimsuits, a loaded garment that reveals as much as it conceals. This work culminated in Fruits of My Labour, an installation examining how jewelry is worn, displayed, photographed, and viewed, inviting visitors to consider what jewelry conceals and reveals about the maker, wearer, and themselves.

Louise gives back to the community that has supported her. She served as president of the VMAA, helping to grow the Vancouver jewelry scene and bring international attention to Canadian Jewellers. She was Jewelry Advisory Team Member for Crafted Vancouver and in 2023 joined Metalaid, organizing meetups and initiating a working group to promote underrepresented Canadian Jewelers on Wikipedia. Louise was co-chair of 5 EIM’s, raising thousands of dollars for SNAG and providing an accessible platform for emerging and established artists to present large scale works in an inclusive, supportive environment. The EIM helped facilitate applications from artists across the globe to participate in a show that celebrated innovation and pushed the boundaries of what jewelry could be.

Being an educator is an important part of Louise’s practice. She was an art teacher in the UK before moving to Canada to study jewelry and has been teaching jewelry design for 10yrs. As the Lead Jewellery Design Instructor at LaSalle College Vancouver, she was instrumental in developing a new Jewellery Design Diploma and has put forward a proposal to develop a BA in Jewellery Design, focusing on LaSalle’s recent commitment to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. Louise has been a visiting artist at AUARTS and NSCAD. She has given many talks about her work and spoken on several panels including New Vernacular: A Canadian Jewellery Conversation, at NYCJW. She has delivered several professional practices workshops, educating and empowering emerging artists to further their careers, and is an enthusiastic mentor to her students past and present.

In 2023 Louise was invited to teach workshops about the technique she developed to create textile jewelry. In homage to Arlene Fisch’s eponymous book, she named the workshop "Fabric Jewelry: Metal Techniques in Textiles". This workshop educates makers about sustainable practices and offers a way to continue making jewelry when disabilities, time, or money prevent access to a full metals studio. Louise recognizes the enormous problem of textile and plastic waste cannot be solved by making jewelry out of it, however, her practice draws attention to the issue, offering technical and conceptual possibilities to makers who recognize value in the tiniest scrap of discarded fabric.

As this award will be presented alongside Lifetime Achievement winner Mary Lee Hu, an icon of Textile Techniques in Metal, it would be fitting to give the Impact Award to Louise Perrone, an artist whose practice both reveres and upends this tradition by employing Metal Techniques in Textiles. This award will not only serve as a validation to jewelers who do not have access to precious metals and a fully equipped studio but inspire them to continue seeking alternative ways to create a meaningful, sustainable, jewelry practice.

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