HRY SPACE Talk: The Artistry in Accessories
On July 10th from 6:30-8:30 pm, HRY SPACE in collaboration with SIMPL MAG will be hosting HRY SPACE Talk under the theme:
" The Artistry in Accessories"
HRY SPACE Talk is an integral programming of HRY SPACE, for which we bring industry leading individuals together in a room filled with artworks from a generation of artists that are radically reshaping the contemporary art scene, hearing them share their experiences and ideas on their own works, and how we collectively move forward to drive positive impact for millennial culture worldwide.
Hannah Jewett (@hannahjewett._)
From a young age, Hannah Jewett was surrounded by art and design. Her grandfathers both designed for amusement parks, and her father’s career as an architect undoubtedly influenced her desire to enter into a craft of her own. Hannah studied Visual Arts at California College of the Arts where she worked primarily in sculpture and set design, studying under the likes of director Robert Epstein. Shortly after graduating in 2012 she began working on the initial configurations that would become her namesake jewelry line.
At its onset her collections were inspired primarily by Post Modernism and the Memphis Group, while her most recent line features contemporary liquid metal forms, offering an amorphous, fluid mood that differs from her more structured references of decorative interior worlds. At its core, Hannah’s process is material based, favoring the use of non-traditional elements, which serve as the foundation of what becomes her jewels. Believing that jewelry shouldn’t be austere or follow a rule book, Hannah injects a sense of surrealism and otherworldliness into all her pieces. Above all, her creations are about discovering preciousness beyond the traditional rules of taste and value. She regards the ability to adorn oneself in sculpture as powerful as donning fine jewelry.
Since starting her line in 2017, Hannah has engaged in several exclusive capsules with major fashion brands including Opening Ceremony, Depop, Century 21 and KITH. In addition to these collaborative partnerships, her work is carried by Assembly New York, Brooklyn Museum Store, and pop-ups nation-wide. Her pieces have been featured in spreads with V Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Women’s Wear Daily, and have received recognition on a global scale by editorial houses such as Refinery 29, VICE, and Vogue. In 2017 she was invited to a residency at Camp David in Industry City Brooklyn where she taught classes in jewelry design and created her collections. All of Hannah Jewett jewelry is designed and produced in New York City.
Juan Alvear (nailsbyjuan.nyc)
Juan Alvear was born in 1994 in New York City and lives and works in Brooklyn. He graduated from Cooper Union in 2018. Alvear is an interdisciplinary artist who straddles the adjacent and often separate realms of fine art, design, and the beauty industry by crafting otherworldly, wearable adornments and sculptural objects.
His sculptures, including his instantly recognizable nail art, imply an ancient origin while appearing from an alternate reality. He has recently been featured in the Vogue World 100, Paper Magazine 100, and numerous other publications.
Meiyi Yang (@meiyiyangjewelry)
Meiyi Yang is a jewelry artist born and raised in Shenzhen, China. She works as a Jewelry Designer at Cuixu. She completed her MFA at Rochester Institute of Technology, majoring in Metal and Jewelry Design. She is the Winner of 2017 NICHE AWARDS, One of the Rising Star “30 under 30 ” by 2016 American Craft Week. Meiyi is dedicated to pursuing her passions in life. She has a deep interest in fashion and garment design, this allows her to go beyond the traditional metal smith mindset. Fashion allows her to explore new creative boundaries and implement new ideas and concepts within her work. Meiyi firmly believes, “the mind and body are creative platforms that enable expression and growth.” Jewelry design serves as a catalyst to convey Meiyi’s ideologies and development.
This HRY SPACE Talk is co-organized by Kaleah Mchawi.