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Reception: A History of Jewelry According to The Royals

  • Over the Moon Studio 220 E Washington St. Iowa City, IA (map)

A History of Jewelry According to The Royals

Kathy Edwards Hayslett

March 31 - June 3 2018 • Reception Saturday April 7, 4-6pm


Kathy Edwards Hayslett presents a new body of work, on display from March 31 through June 3, 2018 at Over the Moon Studio in Iowa City. Kathy expands her expertise in contemporary art jewelry to present us with new works of jewelry art alongside a series of collages that reference historical jewelry and the lore and language that accompanies these significant treasures. 

Join us Saturday April 7 2018, from 4-6pm for a glass of bubbly to toast the artist and learn more about this new body of work. All are welcome. Please use the rear entrance of the building, from the alley parallel to Washington Street. 


Artist Statement:

Each collage references a specific piece of jewelry in the British Royal Collection. Beyond reproductive, imbedded critiques and commentary can be found via word and visual puns, double-meanings and allusions. The titles are from Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, pulled from museum and historic descriptions, and from Queen Victoria on the loss of her husband Prince Albert. For example, The Jewel in the Crown refers to the Koh-i-Noor diamond and current efforts by India to repatriate the diamond from one of the crowns of England, as well as the 19th-century British designation of colonized India.

-Kathy Edwards Hayslett, "A History of Jewelry According to The Royals," 2018

About the Exhibit:

Referencing historical jewels, each collage is a jewel unto itself, richly layered and carefully crafted, they are a delight to explore and interpret. In the Victorian tradition, they are lush, articulate, sentimental, and witty, the sense of humor is refreshingly intended. Incorporating ephemera contemporary to the jewels gives the viewer a context. Gleaming metal and real precious stones evoke the splendour of the collages' inspiration. Parsing the clues and cues to decipher the story behind each jewel is a delightful game, in which your interaction with the work is rewarded with puns and clever twists. Paired with a new collection of jewelry, Kathy has sharpened every facet of her practice as a contemporary art jeweler.  Wearable works created in sterling silver and copper are richly textured and patinaed. Some bearing a painterly layer of hand applied glass enamel - this painstaking process is a signature of Kathy's work, as are the dainty woven wires delicately embellished with precious gems and crystals. Experienced in metalworking, beading, and enamel, Kathy has been adding rivets and prong settings to her repertoire, creating a level of depth and detail you simply must see in person. The two and three dimensional works allow the artist to explore all aspects of her discipline, from the esoteric and historical to the tangible and aesthetic.

A History of Jewelry According to the Royals will be on display at Over the Moon Studio from March 31 to June 3, 2018.  Over the Moon Studio is a goldsmith studio offering custom designs, repairs, and a fine art jewelry gallery with an emphasis on local artists. We are open Wednesday - Saturday from 1-6pm and by appointment. Please email to set up a private viewing.