Claire Kahn

Specialty: Beadwork

Spring Candide Necklace. 2018.   Cylindrical glass beads, 18K yellow gold clover charms. 44" (111.76cm) length .25" (.63cm), .50" (1.27cm) width.

Spring Candide Necklace. 2018.

Cylindrical glass beads, 18K yellow gold clover charms. 44" (111.76cm) length .25" (.63cm), .50" (1.27cm) width.

Double Sunstone Bracelet/ Double 'Lyda' patterned bracelet   33 champagne and pink colored sunstones from south eastern Oregon. 16" (40.64cm) total length 7.5" (19.05cm) doubled length 3/4 to 1" (1.905 to 2.54cm) wide.

Double Sunstone Bracelet/ Double 'Lyda' patterned bracelet

33 champagne and pink colored sunstones from south eastern Oregon. 16" (40.64cm) total length 7.5" (19.05cm) doubled length 3/4 to 1" (1.905 to 2.54cm) wide.

Pools of Color Bracelet with Opal and Turquoise. 2018.    Cylindrical glass beads, opal, turquoise and 18k yellow gold, opal and turquoise beads, bezel set in 18k yellow gold. 7.5" (19.05cm) length, .25"(.635cm) to .375"(.952cm) width.

Pools of Color Bracelet with Opal and Turquoise. 2018.

Cylindrical glass beads, opal, turquoise and 18k yellow gold, opal and turquoise beads, bezel set in 18k yellow gold. 7.5" (19.05cm) length, .25"(.635cm) to .375"(.952cm) width.


Claire Kahn

Claire Kahn

Artist Statement

Since 2004, I have created woven and crochet beadwork using a range of materials, from glass, to stone, fiber and metal. Seed beads and often gemstones combine in my work, creating wearable pieces, to create a large mosaic. The linear character of the bead rope lends itself to transition and the variety of color and texture that offers the opportunity to create endless patterns and progressions.

My work is intended to be flexible allowing the wearer to double, triple, tie and wrap the work to suit any preference. Portions of a given piece can be worn to emphasize a favorite passage in the work’s variegated pattern and color.

The ‘wearability’ of them comes through when it is worn. It has a purpose. It isn’t complete until it’s worn. For me, that’s the definition of design.

Artist Bio

Claire Kahn studied design and graduated from Stanford University in 1977.

Until 1984, Kahn worked in the San Francisco office of architecture firm, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, where she developed graphic design for interior and exterior treatments (textiles, facades and courtyard designs). Among her projects were the Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco and the Southeast Financial Center in Miami.

In 1985, she began designing water features for a company called WET. Her projects includes The Los Angeles Music Center, Gas Company Tower in Los Angeles, Barcelona World Trade Center, Columbus Circle in New York, Beijing Finance Street, The Port of Los Angeles, and the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas.

Kahn’s studio work includes two and three-dimensional installations. The interaction of color and pattern is the focus of her work. She has created beadwork jewelry exclusively for Patina Gallery, Santa Fe, NM since 2009.

 

For more information about this artist:

Website: clairekahndesign.com and www.patina-gallery.com/blogs/artists/claire-kahn

Artist Contact: media@patina-gallery.com