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New Works by Claire Kahn

Exhibition  /  18 Dec 2014  -  20 Dec 2014
Published: 17.11.2014
Claire Kahn. Necklace: Untitled. Red Japanese Miyuki glass beads. Photo by: Patina Gallery. Claire Kahn
Necklace: Untitled
Red Japanese Miyuki glass beads
Photo by: Patina Gallery
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Patina Gallery presents designer and artist Claire Kahn, showing current as well as new works in time for the holiday season. Kahn's elegant and complex beadwork is informed by a mathematical beauty that is compelling and luxurious, yet understated.

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Claire Kahn
A Claire Kahn necklace is more than jewelry. It's an experience and a work of art. It's tactile and supple. Kahn is passionate, uncompromising and she possesses a bold sense of pure design. Patina Gallery is thrilled to be Kahn's exclusive global representative and has been exhibiting her work for more than half a decade.
 
Kahn begins making her jewelry by assembling delicate Japanese glass Miyuki beads in very precise order onto a single skein that can sometimes measure five feet long. And then, using the tiniest of hooks, she begins to crochet. So complex are the patterns and her craftsmanship so exacting that it takes a full day to make just a few inches. Of late, she has been incorporating even more exotic and elaborate elements into her pieces.
    
"A mathematical beauty informs my crochet bead works, which is a series of numbers that fall into place," Kahn said of her process. "When the numbers are elegant, I know it will be beautiful," she said.
 
Kahn has been designing and making jewelry since 2004, using an extensive range of materials from glass, to stone, to fiber and metal. Seed beads and gemstones are often combined to construct a larger mosaic. The linear character of the string lends itself to transition, and the variety of color and texture offers the opportunity to create endless patterns and progressions. The beads are flexible, allowing the wearer to double, triple, tie and wrap the individual piece in unique and interesting ways. Portions of a given piece can be worn to emphasize an unusual design passage.
 
Kahn, who earned a degree in design from Stanford University, is an artist with a spectacular design vocabulary.  She believes that creativity need not be limited to a single focus. Claire Kahn is a "renaissance" artist in the true sense of the word.
Claire Kahn. Necklace: Untitled. Red Japanese Miyuki glass beads. Photo by: Patina Gallery. Claire Kahn
Necklace: Untitled
Red Japanese Miyuki glass beads
Photo by: Patina Gallery
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Claire Kahn. Necklace: Untitled. Japanese Miyuki glass beads, multicolored faceted spinel rondelles. Photo by: Patina Gallery. Claire Kahn
Necklace: Untitled
Japanese Miyuki glass beads, multicolored faceted spinel rondelles
Photo by: Patina Gallery
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Claire Kahn. Necklace: Untitled. Japanese Miyuki glass beads, multicolored faceted spinel rondelles. Photo by: Patina Gallery. Claire Kahn
Necklace: Untitled
Japanese Miyuki glass beads, multicolored faceted spinel rondelles
Photo by: Patina Gallery
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Claire Kahn. Necklace: Untitled. Japanese Miyuki glass beads, orange garnets. Photo by: Patina Gallery. Claire Kahn
Necklace: Untitled
Japanese Miyuki glass beads, orange garnets
Photo by: Patina Gallery
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Claire Kahn. Necklace: Untitled. Japanese Miyuki glass beads, orange garnets. Photo by: Patina Gallery. Claire Kahn
Necklace: Untitled
Japanese Miyuki glass beads, orange garnets
Photo by: Patina Gallery
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Claire Kahn. Bracelet: Untitled. Japanese Miyuki glass beads, 24kt gold over glass, pink sapphires. Photo by: Patina Gallery. Claire Kahn
Bracelet: Untitled
Japanese Miyuki glass beads, 24kt gold over glass, pink sapphires
Photo by: Patina Gallery
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Claire Kahn. Bracelet: Untitled. Japanese Miyuki glass beads, 24kt gold over glass, pink sapphires. Photo by: Patina Gallery. Claire Kahn
Bracelet: Untitled
Japanese Miyuki glass beads, 24kt gold over glass, pink sapphires
Photo by: Patina Gallery
© By the author. Read Klimt02.net Copyright.
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