Exhibition at Redux Contemporary Art Center – August 2015

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Kaminer Haislip will be exhibiting her new Fog and Ripple Series at Redux Contemporary Art Center in the Connolly Gallery August 28-October 17, 2015.  The opening reception is Friday, August 28 from 6:30-8:30pm.  Kaminer hopes to see you there!

Redux Contemporary Art Center and Kaminer’s studio is located in downtown Charleston, SC at 136 Saint Philip Street.  For directions and more information visit http://reduxstudios.org.

Artist Statement:

While earning my MFA, I designed and created steel and wood panels utilizing a similar technique employed with these two new series. I recently revisited the process and the Fog and Ripple Series developed. Nickel and copper sheet have been adhered to wood panels that were then filed and finished to create a seamless appearance. Layers of spray paint were applied to the surface, which were then intuitively sanded with fine steel wool to create the hazy appearance. The sides of the 1.5″ deep panels are painted a neutral grey.

The Fog Series was inspired by light breaking through fog and clouds. Through the process of subtraction with the steel wool, I revealed hints of the nickel underneath the paint. I am intrigued by the idea that things are not always as they appear and sought to convey that concept with this series.

The Ripple Series was based on light as well, but reflecting off of a water surface as opposed to passing through something. As light bounces off of water, it changes the appearance and is temporarily a new image. Inspired by the ephemeral nature of this concept, I created my own interpretation of it with this series.

*Please note* these pieces will not be for sale on Kaminer’s website!  They are only available for purchase through Kaminer directly.  If you are interested in purchasing one, then please send an email inquiry to info@kaminerhaislip.com.  A response will be sent to you that includes pricing, dimensions, and images of works available.  You are welcome to view the pieces at Redux during the duration of the exhibition and set up an appointment to meet with Kaminer.

Draper James Feature

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Draper James, Reese Witherspoon’s new Southern lifestyle company, did a feature on me and it is posted on their website blog!  They sent me their gorgeous Navy Stripe Hillsboro dress to wear for the photoshoot.  The incredibly talented Paul Cheney and Jason Kaumeyer of JWKPEC took the picture.  Read below for the feature, which can also be seen on their website at http://www.draperjames.com/editorial/index/view/id/5!

A couple of years ago Garden & Gun included Kaminer Haislip, a Charleston, South Carolina-based silversmith in their “Best of Southern Design” issue. Reese saw the write up, which featured Kaminer’s beautiful handmade silver coffee pot, tore out the page, and saved it knowing that one day she had to meet Kaminer and see her work in person. So when looking for artisans to contribute to Draper James, Reese knew just where to go. For Draper James, Kaminer has created a handmade limited edition sterling silver bowl in the shape of our favorite flower, the magnolia. Without question, it’s a future heirloom.

Want to know more about Kaminer? She answered our Draper James Seven—seven questions that define a Southern style maker. Read on to see what she had to say.

1. What is your favorite Southern city?
Charleston, where I live, is my favorite Southern city. The sense of history and place with its distinctive architecture paired with a contemporary, forward thinking creative community has made me feel right at home. Charleston also has a rich history of silversmithing—I like to think that by living here I am carrying on the tradition!

2. Favorite Southern restaurant?
Husk in Charleston blends traditional Southern foods with contemporary dining in a spectacular way! I love how the locally based menu is always changing to reflect the season.

3. Favorite Southern tradition?
Fall is my favorite time of year in the South and with the fall comes Southern oyster roasts—my favorite tradition!

4. Sweet tea or unsweetened?
I like my tea “half and half” as we call it in the South—half sweet and half unsweet tea.

5. Cowboy boots or heels?
Cowboy boots for sure! I am all about comfort, especially since I am on my feet for long hours in my studio working.

6. How do you describe Southern style?
My definition of Southern style (for both men and women) is always being put together and knowing how to dress appropriately for any occasion.

7. Describe your style.
My style is a mixture of a classic look with a contemporary twist.

Martha Stewart American Made Award Finalist – August 2015

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Kaminer Haislip is a Finalist for the Martha Stewart American Made Award in the Design category! American Made spotlights the maker, supports the local, and celebrates the handmade. The program is made up of people and communities that have turned their passion for quality craftsmanship and well-designed goods into a way of life.

Check out Kaminer’s profile and YouTube video tour of her studio at http://www.marthastewart.com/americanmade/nominee/103654/design/kaminer-haislip!

Voting for the American Made Audience Choice Award beings September 21 and Kaminer will need your help to win! Please vote to help her win!

The American Made Editor’s Award Winners in each category chosen by the judges will be announced October 23!

Stay tuned for more details! 

Metal Museum – July 2015

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Kaminer Haislip has a selection of her handcrafted, silver vessels included in the Hollowware exhibition at the Metal Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. The exhibition will be on display from July 31 – November 15, 2015 in the Metal Museum Store Gallery.

The Metal Museum is the only institution in the United States devoted exclusively to the advancement of the art and craft of fine metalwork. This is achieved through exhibitions, collections, conservation, restoration and consulting services, classes, internship opportunities, artist residencies and apprenticeships, research and onsite fabrication of artwork and architectural elements.

Visit http://www.metalmuseum.org/museumstoregallery for detailed information.

New Studio Display Cabinet – June 2015

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New to my studio at Redux Contemporary Art Center, located in downtown Charleston, SC, is this new display cabinet!  It will display an ever changing little exhibition of my original, handcrafted silver jewelry and functional objects.  My studio is a workspace and not a retail shop or gallery, but this display will show finished pieces that are available for purchase.

I welcome visitors to my studio and I love to share my process!  Feel free to contact me to make an appointment!  You are also welcome to check out my studio if you are visiting Redux.  If you want to purchase something in the cabinet when I am not there, then contact me directly and we can work out the details.  All of the pieces on display can be viewed and purchased on my online Shop.

Visit the Contact page for more information.

Thank you for your interest! 

Father’s Day Gift Ideas – June 21, 2015

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Father’s Day is Sunday, June 21 and you can find an outstanding array of handcrafted, silver gifts for Dad in my online Shop!  Cufflinks are an excellent gift for a stylish Dad or my Bar Accessories are great for a Dad who likes his cocktails!

Shop now and purchase directly at http://www.kaminerhaislip.com/shop/.

Contact Kaminer directly if you would like your gift wrapped.  Gift wrapping is complimentary and free of charge!

Collaboration with Reese Witherspoon’s new Company Draper James!!!

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I am so excited to announce my collaboration with Reese Witherspoon’s new Southern inspired lifestyle company Draper James!  They commissioned the sterling silver Magnolia Bowl pictured here for their new online Shop http://www.draperjames.com.

This handcrafted, limited edition silver bowl made by me in my downtown Charleston, SC studio is exclusive to Draper James and can only be purchased through them.  Visit http://www.draperjames.com/sterling-silver-magnolia-bowl to purchase it and see the details!  It is sure to become a treasured heirloom!

 

Wishlist Gift Registry

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My online Shop has an exciting feature that allows you to set up an account and Wishlist!  You can create your own gift registry for wedding, baby, anniversary, birthday, holiday, or simply for objects you would love to own!  Hand crafted silver objects are heirloom gifts that are meant to be passed down through generations and last forever.

When you view an item in the Shop, you can scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Wishlist” button to add it to your gift registry.  You can personalize the gift registry by naming it and save the item or multiple items in it for others to see if you choose to make it public.  You can then refer individuals who want to purchase a unique and special gift for you to my website!

Happy shopping!

http://www.kaminerhaislip.com/shop/

New Products + Images Added to Website!!!!

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I am so excited to announce and launch two new series plus a huge array of new images of my work on my website!

You can see the pieces from my new Appetizer Serving Series and Bar Accessories in my portfolio and they are available for immediate purchase in the Home category of my online Shop. New functional pieces include silver bar spoons, decanter bottle tags, a cheese knife, a spreader, condiment spoons, and an appetizer fork.

http://www.kaminerhaislip.com/product-category/home/

My new and original jewelry line Torc Jewelry Series can also be viewed in my portfolio and the pieces can be purchased directly in the Jewelry Category of my online Shop.  The new line includes a bracelet, earring, and pendant.  More designs coming soon!

http://www.kaminerhaislip.com/product-category/jewelry/

Additionally, my existing designs got some attention too and you can see those new images throughout the online Shop with the products.  For those of you who know me well, you will recognize several friends and family who were supportive enough to model my work.  Instead of contrived models in fantasy settings, I choose to use real people in settings that portray my work in a natural environment.  Who better to represent my work than the people closest to me who inspire me everyday with their own unique style?

Check out the images by clicking on the product!  Images of my functional pieces in use, jewelry being worn in several real life settings by a variety of age groups, and an adorable baby playing with his rattle and eating from a baby spoon are just some of the outstanding ways my work is portrayed!  Enjoy!

Many thanks to Paul Cheney and Jason Kaumeyer of JWKPEC for all of the awesome photography!!! Check out more of their work at http://jwkpec.com.