If you’re in downtown Seattle this week, drop by Vetri International (the up-and-coming-artist wing of Traver Gallery) to see the work of Tacoma jewelry artist Lisa Kinoshita.
Kinoshita operates very modestly out of a tiny storefront studio on Puyallup Ave called Mineral, but her work makes appearances on local catwalks and national fashion magazines. Working with fascinatingly gorgeous natural objects like horn, bone, insect carapace and the like, Kinoshita creates intricate settings with silver and leather to create jewelry that’s both chunky and elegant.
Showing at Vetri is long overdue but a great step for the Tacoma artist. A lot of it is newer work, and, as the title “Non-Precious” says, focuses on non-traditional materials. A spiral-shelled ammonite fossil from the Moroccan desert, rough-cut stones, big wooden or glass beads polished to a sheen take on the worth of gemstones. As the press release puts it, “The work moves from purely functional, elegant body adornment to reverent contemplation of the natural source of the materials, and the importance of these resources in this world of diminishing reserves.”
The show closes Sunday, so don’t wait. But if you miss it, you can still see Kinoshita’s work at Mineral, where she’ll also be creating a chastity belt for the Mineral MetalUrge show in late July.
Vetri: 1404 First Ave., Seattle. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 206-667-9608, www.vetriglass.com
Mineral: 301 Puyallup Ave. Suite A, Tacoma. noon-5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. 253-250-7745, www.lisakinoshita.com</div>