JANIS PROVISOR - WEARABLE ART
Exhibition Details - October 8, 2009
"As an artist, and as a design entrepreneur, I am always attracted and fascinated by other artists who have taken themselves out of the box of a studio and begun to produce painting-inspired objects. Janis Provisor is a perfect example of a woman who let her paintings lead the way to a fuller, more multi-faceted existence as an artist. She also, along with her husband Brad, found the joy in creating a business using the world as their palette. It made sense to bring Janis' creations into the world of Buck House."
WEARABLE ART/ An accomplished artist applies
her personal style to playful jewels
Janis Provisor's foray into jewelry design was not an orchestrated career move but a creative accident. The renowned artist discovered her passion for creating jewelry around the time the she and her artist husband, Brad Davis, established Fort Street Studio (which makes silk carpets based on watercolor paintings and now has locations in Hong Kong, New York and Los Angeles). When Provisor was not designing carpets, she spent her time exploring Hong Kong. Her excursions led to the discovery of unusual pearls and beads from which, on a whim, she assembled some necklaces. "I put together elements for their color, shape, texture and sense of whimsy," she says. To Provisor's surprise, friends and art collectors made offers to buy her creations right off her neck. One of these friends was Debi Wisch, who also happened to be living in Hong Kong at the time. The jewelry captivated her. About four years ago, she convinced the artist to transform her hobby into something more serious. After selling privately for a few years, the partners developed a more cohesive collection, which debuted at Bergdorf Goodman earlier this year. The expanded line includes gold elements forged by a single craftswoman whom Provisor discovered while traveling through Bali. The workmanship notwithstanding, it is Provisor's vision that defines this personal collection. With childlike curiosity, she continues to seek components during her travels. "I use components for their originality," she says, "and I like to mix the high and low — the most precious with the commonplace. But each element brings value to the design."
-Jill Newman, THE ROBB REPORT, August 2009