Interwoven: The Art of Indigo and Silver Exhibition – Charleston, SC

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Silver Nest Bowl by Kaminer Haislip and Boo Hag Blue Indigo Baskets by Leigh Magar
Photograph by Jack Alterman

Interwoven: The Art of Indigo and Silver

Works by Kaminer Haislip, Leigh Magar, and Jack Alterman

Curated by Brandy S. Culp

City Gallery
34 Prioleau Street
Charleston, South Carolina

August 25, 2018 – October 7, 2018
Opening Reception August 24 from 5-7pm
Artist Lecture September 8 from 2-3pm

Official Press Release from the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs to be posted soon.

 

Rio Grande

 

A wholesale supplier to jewelers and metalsmiths since 1944, Rio Grande is proud to sponsor the work of acclaimed silversmith Kaminer Haislip in the “Interwoven: The Art of Indigo and Silver” exhibition.  

 

 

 

This project was funded in part by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Program through their joint administration of the Lowcountry Quarterly Arts Grant Program and the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC.

 

50th Wedding Anniversary Gift Commission

50th Wedding Anniversary Gift Commission – Custom Jewelry Collection

Recently I had the pleasure of working with a gentleman on a custom jewelry collection as a 50th wedding anniversary gift for his wife. The traditional gift to commemorate a 50th wedding anniversary is gold, so this jewelry collection consisting of a cuff bracelet, pendant necklace, and set of post earrings was made from 14k yellow gold. The concept  for the Interlocking Jewelry Collection was inspired by two wedding bands interlocking and overlapping with open space between the two rings. The shape of the gold wire is a slight half round shape that I formed to look like their gold wedding bands.

interlocking gold pendant

In addition to hand drawn renderings, I also created prototypes to work out the forms in copper wire before moving on to the precious metal gold. I emailed my client the drawings and prototypes and we worked together closely over the course of several months to develop this exclusive collection for his special wife. The amount of thought and detail he put into it was very sweet and I thoroughly enjoyed working with him to develop this unique jewelry collection!

interlocking gold earrings

For more examples of my custom commission projects and how to commission me to create a custom design for you, please visit my website Commission page.

MISC – Everything Murrells Inlet

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MISC – Everything Murrells Inlet Art Gallery

The gorgeous art gallery MISC – Everything Murrells Inlet is now carrying a selection of my silver, handcrafted jewelry! Located in the Historic District of Murrells Inlet, SC, they have a stunning array of artwork, home interior furnishings, decorative art objects, and handmade jewelry by talented South Carolina artists. They also offer custom picture framing and interior design services by Going Coastal Design.

In April I was invited to give a lecture to the Daughters of the American Revolution Carolina Gold Chapter in this beautiful space and so enjoyed it! I had a great time making new friends, seeing all the great artwork, and getting to know the wonderful owner Bernie Delgado. It was fun to connect with other DAR ladies over silver and art!

Visit this lovely gallery at 4493 Highway 17 Business in Murrells Inlet, SC or call 843-357-3507 for more information. Hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm.

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Charleston Trunk Show – May 10, 2018

Noddy Trunk Show

Trunk Show at Noddy with Kaminer Haislip and Cameron Schwabenton’s The Mommy Pop Shop!

I am so excited to collaborate with my friend and incredibly talented interior designer Cameron Schwabenton and gorgeous downtown Charleston southern goods boutique Noddy for this trunk show!

My handcrafted silver jewelry and home interior products will be shown for sale during the trunk show. Cameron’s new company The Mommy Pop Shop will display for sale her couture mid-century inspired Mommy Pop pillows. The Mommy Pop Shop is fondly named after Cameron’s beloved southern grandmother and her handcrafted pillows come in a wide range of colors.

Noddy proudly represents each state in the South and offers items for the home, men, women and man’s best friend. The majority of their curated products were made by southerners—thus creating an extraordinarily refreshing shopping experience. Noddy is located at 86 A Queen Street in downtown Charleston.

Come shop the fun variety of items and enjoy a glass of wine!

https://www.noddycharleston.com/

https://www.mommypopshop.com/

https://www.cameronstewartdesign.com/

 

“How did you get into silversmithing?”

“How did you get into silversmithing?” is one of the most frequently asked questions I receive.

I discuss it briefly in my Bio posted on my website, but I get the same question so often I decided to share more of my story on my Blog.

 

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Kaminer Haislip working in her silversmithing studio

 

Aiken, South Carolina, which received Southern Living’s 2018 award for The South’s Best Small Town, is my hometown. I grew up in my family’s business True Value Hardware & Appliance, which is located on the main street of Aiken’s historic downtown. My grandfather Bill Franklin started the hardware store as a side project when he was an accountant at Savannah River Site. When my parents Det and Lyanne Haislip were married, my father took over the business.

 

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True Value Hardware & Appliance in historic downtown Aiken, SC

 

As children, my brother Wylie, cousins Anne and Franklin, and I spent a lot of time there, especially at Christmas. As you can see in the picture below, we had so much fun with the toys, go carts, and window displays!

 

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Kaminer with her brother and cousins in the hardware store as children in the 1980’s

 

In high school, I worked in the hardware store and that is when my interest began in making sculpture and jewelry. Being around all of the tools and equipment, putting together bikes and toys, and cutting keys is now an obvious connection to how working with my hands became my career.

 

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True Value newspaper feature from 1990’s

 

When I was in high school, I took the industrial tech class, because I wanted to learn how to make sculptures in metal and wood. Being the only girl in the class did not bother me at all and I took to learning welding and wood working immediately. One of my first wood sculptures is shown below. Displayed in a downtown Aiken park not far from my family’s business, it was my first artwork exhibited outside of a school setting.

 

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Sculpture from high school in 1990’s

 

I knew by then I wanted to be a professional artist and major in jewelry and sculpture in college, so I sought out a college with a strong jewelry and sculpture program. After careful deliberation, I decided the small liberal arts college Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC would be the best fit for me. Alfred Ward, an English silversmith from London, was head of the jewelry and metals program and I was excited to study under such a renowned silversmith.

 

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Silver and ebony wood spoon from undergraduate studies

 

The first functional silver object I made studying under Alf was the silver spoon with ebony wood handle shown above. This piece is significant to my work, because it was the first time I laminated silver and wood. I continue to use this method of fabrication for spoon, teapot and coffeepot handles, because it creates strength in the handle and a beautiful line of silver down the center.

 

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Kaminer and her brother Wylie at her first gallery exhibition

 

From there I was hooked on silversmithing, because it combined my interest in jewelry techniques and sculptural forms. My graduation exhibition with my classmates in Charlotte, NC was my first commercial art gallery exhibit. Pictured above is me with my brother Wylie looking at one of my display cases at the opening reception. After graduating with my BFA in Jewelry and Metals, I moved to Charlotte and started my MFA silversmithing studies under Alf at Winthrop.

 

Sir John Cass London Metropolitan University

Kaminer and her professor Alf at Sir John Cass London Metropolitan University in London, England

 

While in graduate school, I focused on silversmithing and immersed myself in it completely. During that time, I also taught the Jewelry II and III classes and jewelry workshops at Winthrop. Additionally, I interned and was a docent at the Mint Museum, where I learned up close the history of craft and design and how a professional institution operates. During the summer of 2004, I went to London for a family trip and my MFA thesis research. Alf and his wife were in England visiting family, so he was kind enough to meet us in London and show us around. Pictured above is me with Alf in the stake room of Sir John Cass London Metropolitan University, where Alf was formerly head of the silversmithing and jewelry department.

 

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Perched Flight silver and ebony wood teapot

 

In 2005 I graduated with my MFA in Silversmithing and Design with a minor in Sculpture. The first teapot I made was Perched Flight and it is silver with an ebony wood handle that is laminated with silver in the center. It was the central piece to my MFA thesis exhibition and after was accepted to five national exhibitions and one international exhibition. I became very attached to it, so it is now in me and my husband’s collection.

Immediately following graduation, I moved to Charleston, South Carolina and established my studio and business. Three years later my husband Matt and I had our wedding reception at the William Aiken House. My hometown was named for William Aiken and his father is my great-great-great-great uncle.

 

Charleston Weddings Magazine

Charleston Weddings Magazine feature – see full article on website Press page

 

My path to silversmithing began at a very young age, but it wasn’t until I started my business and began exhibiting my work nationally that people started asking me “How did you get into silversmithing?”. When I thought about it and shared my story, I realized how unusual it is for a girl to grow up in a small southern town hardware store and become a contemporary silversmith. Really?!

For less lengthy answers to frequently asked questions, visit my FAQ page on my website!