Invited to Exhibit: 2018 RROC

The following is the official Press Release for the 2018 RROC in Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe. It’s quite an honor to have been invited to participate! Only 10 days to go!

PRESS RELEASE
Issued: July 2018
For immediate release
Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club launches new publication at The Resort at Squaw Creek in Lake Tahoe

August 18, 2018—The Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club is gearing up for its Annual Meet at The Resort at Squaw Creek in Lake Tahoe. A week of luxury has been planned for the members, who will also come together to celebrate the launch of the club’s new publication, Strive for Perfection, produced in partnership with publisher St James’s House. The hardback, coffee–table book will be of the highest quality, and explores the living legacy of the world’s most famous luxury motorcar, Rolls-Royce. Profiling models old and new, the book celebrates the company’s unceasing pursuit of excellence—an ethos that earned Rolls- Royce the status of “best car in the world”.

The annual publication also serves as a carefully curated guide to some of the most must-have products and experiences in the world, ranging from jewelry to travel, gastronomy to architecture. This year’s book features the finest collection yet, and many of these exclusive names and brands will be exhibiting at the event on August 18.

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Speaking ahead of the launch, Richard Freed, the CEO and owner of St James’s House, said, “The annual Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club meet is one of the highlights of the year, and this year’s is going to be one of the most luxurious events yet. We are extremely proud of the publication and honoured to be working alongside such exceptional companies and
organizations on the project.”

The presentation of the book will take place during the Gala Dinner on the Saturday afternoon after the judging and prize-giving section of the rally. More than a thousand guests and VIPs are expected to attend over the course of the meet.

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Notes to editors
For more information about this book and its launch, please contact
Ben Duffy, Communications Director, on +44 (0)20 8371 4043
(ben.duffy@stjamess.org).

We are so grateful

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all those who chose to visit VOSTENAKstudios website over the holidays and enjoyed our HOLIDAY20 promotion. We send our good wishes that the jewelry pieces will bring joy and delight to all the happy recipients.

 

We also wish you a very Happy New Year and hope that your 2017 is amazing! Stay tuned for all sorts of excitement in the coming year!

Happy Holidays from VOSTENAKstudios

Though we usually don’t blog twice in one day, we wanted to shout from the rooftops to the bottom of our hearts, “Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah.” We are so glad to have you here with us.  Feel free to subscribe to all of our updates and blogs throughout the coming months–we have a special contest coming up soon and you will not want to miss the excitement!

Also, we have just two more days to take advantage of the 20% promotion towards a holiday gift for you or someone special in your life.  Don’t forget to use the promotion, HOLIDAY20 through December 25 at SQUARE

In the studio with Valerie Ostenak

Creating a piece of wearable art is much more than simply bending a few wires and attaching a gemstone. Each museum quality piece created by artist, Valerie Ostenak, owner of VOSTENAKstudios, is a carefully thought out process.

Valerie took a short break to speak with me about her sculptural art jewelry–so, please join me for a few minutes in her studio.

 Valerie, what exactly is sculptural art jewelry?
As I define it, sculptural art jewelry is jewelry which falls into the realm of wearable sculpture. A neckpiece becomes a stand-alone item that, were it bigger, would be as beautiful being presented on a wall as on a woman’s neck and shoulders. A ring larger than life would be at home on a display pedestal. Many of the owners of my jewelry do just that . . . they display them in hinge-front shadow boxes on the wall. The pieces are as desirable shown as sculpture as they are wonderful to wear.

So, when you are looking at steel or silver rods, how do you decide what you want to make?
I get inspired by movement and flow. . . water flowing over pebbles in a stream, ocean waves roaring to rocky cliffs, or wind creating wisps and streamers in the clouds, even vines growing and reaching. If I have just spent time at the ocean, my gestural sketches of jewelry are all related to the motion of the waves . . . rolling, wild and pounding, gentle at the shoreline’s edge. The sketches capture the energy in the movement of the waves, above and below the surface. Everything starts with a feeling of transformation . . . turning the metal into motion.

 Do you envision something?
As I am ready to forge the metal, I see the ocean waves in my head. I can see the metal already in the state of movement . . . undulating and weaving into and through each other. I can see how they are all going to interact to create the feeling that I want the piece to have. It is the same whether it is vines or clouds too. I see those things and the metal becomes them for me.

 How do you know when your piece is finished?
Every piece has a point where I feel in my heart that it is complete. Many times a neckpiece will sit unfinished for a week or more waiting for me to figure out what it needs. I’ll put it on, handle it, look at it for days . . . maybe it’s the addition of another element, or to take a piece off. Perhaps something was not enough, or too much because it stopped the movement. When I know what it needs, I will work at any time of the day or night, as long as it takes for it to be complete. It’s an incredible release when it happens!

Do your pieces ever turn out differently than you imagined it? If so, what do you do then?
Each piece starts with a gestural sketch. This gives me an idea of the movement and the general shape that I want the piece to have. A loose gestural sketch, as opposed to a tight technical drawing, means that the piece is allowed to become. In the stillness of the creative, I have learned to listen to the piece as it is becoming real. If a piece starts to change, forcing it to follow an exact representation of the sketch never works out. It never becomes complete until I release myself to the Creative in the universe and allow that to flow through me. Even in its changes, the piece will have the general movement of the original sketch, but they always become much better.

 

 

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Initial sketching of “There are Treasures” neckpiece

 

There are Treasures in the Tangled Seagrass
Finished product-exquisite

If you are interested in learning more about how to purchase this neckpiece, please send an email to: valerieo@vostenakstudios.com.