Meet The Face Behind

PATSY KAY KOLESAR DESIGN

A BRIKA maker story

Patsy Kolesar

VANCOUVER, BC
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“My sweet spot is when I have metal and tools in my hands.”

“I had to overcome a lot of fears in order to experience opportunities presented to me. My art and my business have benefited so much from them!”


“Inspiration is all around me - from­ the vibrant colours of blooming flowers to the detailed patterns on a swatch of fabric.”


“I had to overcome a lot of fears in order to experience opportunities presented to me. My art and my business have benefited so much from them!”


Patsy Kay Kolesar is a Vancouver jewelry artist whose work is highly focused on colour and pattern. An award winning graduate from Vancouver Community College’s Jewelry Art and Design program, Patsy’s one­-of-­a-­kind pieces have been selected for exhibitions internationally, and her collections are sold at galleries across Canada.


In 2012, Patsy was awarded a 2­ month artist residency in the Netherlands; there she explored the idea of motion in life, creating work using only wire and simple hand tools. In 2013, Patsy co­founded the Vancouver Jewelry Artists Collaboration, a group that brings together jewelers and artists from different disciplines, with the mission of promoting Art Jewelry in Canada. In 2014, Patsy was chosen as the Touchstone Centre for Craft scholarship recipient; she was invited to Farmington, Pennsylvania to attend an ‘Imagery in Metal’ workshop, learning new methods of incorporating pattern into her intricate enamel work.

How did you start your company?

My first career was in social work and I worked in women's centres for a number of years. I learned a lot and was constantly inspired by women's strength, but I knew it wasn't the path I was meant to be on for my career. I took a year off to figure out what to do next. I signed up for a class on ring making and when I went into the teachers work studio I never wanted to leave. I loved everything about moving metal! About a year later I applied for and was accepted to jewelry school. I have never looked back! 

Walk me through your production/design process.
I own a million sketchbooks and always carry at least one around with me. My designs often start with an idea, sparked by something I see in the world. A bright colour of a flower, a detailed design on fabric, or a love poem scribbled on a wall. I sketch out ideas roughly and then my sweet spot is when I have metal and tools in my hands. My ideas always transform and evolve when I am at my bench. I hand make everything in my little studio space on the east side of Vancouver.

Who or what inspires you to do the work that you do? Why?
Other creatives, artists, and entrepreneurs! I think taking risks and adding beautiful things to this world is amazing!



“I believe... in saying yes, even when I’m scared to try something new.”
PRODUCTS BY PATSY KAY KOLESAR DESIGN
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