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The art of jewelry-making is an ancient skill dating back to the time of the former royal courts of Bali. We believe in the important collaboration of designers and artisans that shapes our signature luxury craftsmanship. Head Designer & Creative Director Guy Bedarida and his team of designers sketch their inspired pieces and the team of artisans brings his vision to life; each piece undergoes a seven step process of handcraftsmanship in our Bali compound to create these works of art! These gifts are created by the hands of our artisans who bring them centuries of tradition and appreciation of fine craftsmanship.
John Hardy was the exclusive sponsor of the New York Academy of Artâ€™s Tribeca Ball, held on April 4th, 2011. We created a design competition to involve the Academyâ€™s students, inviting alumni of the NYAAâ€™s Master of Fine Arts program to create a back grill design that will be featured in a Bedeg collection cuff. The competition attracted hundreds of original submissions, and the talented Taehun Lee, who received her MFA from the Academy in 2009, was chosen as the lucky winner. In addition to having her stunning design featured on the jewelry itself, Taehun received a once in a lifetime opportunity to work under Head Designer and Creative Director, Guy Bedarida, by visiting the John Hardy compound from October 17 â€“ 21 and witnessing firsthand the design process as her work comes to life in recycled silver.
New York Academy of Art holds a second, major annual event at Sothebyâ€™s, called â€śTake Home a Nude.â€ť At this yearâ€™s event, held on October 17th and underwritten by Chanel, the NYAA alumni auctioned off their work - representing a nude in the medium of their choice â€“ with the John Hardy piece included in the impressive selection, all proceeds benefiting the academy.
I had such a good time working with the John Hardy design team. They gave me a project that combined existing elements from the Naga Collection with Labradorite stones. Working in the beautiful design building was relaxing, energizing and inspiring. With a cup of cappuccino and kind help from the fellow designers, I got to learn a lot of things. I made rough sketches and a few were chosen so I can develop them more. It was very interesting to see the process of such a unique brand.
Thanks to everyone, especially to the design team who showed me the helpful references who encouraged me!
Thank you all!
â€śWe are greener every day.â€ť
We went to Lebih Green Village to plant bamboo. My little bamboo plant that I planted today is part of the more than 600,000 seedlings donated by John Hardy. Being part of John hardyâ€™s eco-friendly contribution to the Balinese society was truly rewarding. I look forward to getting some design experience tomorrow.
What a wonderful experience! First, I must thank all the John Hardy staff for this trip. I was welcomed with a warm, open sprit. My first impression of Bali is that it is a place of duality. Filled with old and new structures, wealth and poverty, lush forests and pollution, everything co-exists. Yet, what stands out the most is the many smiling faces that make up this island.
Taehun, a talented young designer from the New York Academy of Arts and the 2011 Tribeca Ball Winner, just arrived at our beautiful compound in Bali! She met up with John Hardy Creative Director and Head Designer, Guy Bedarida, who took her on the grand tour of the compound. Together they visited the Design Center and the Production where we put her right to work learning each piece is first sketched than painted with water colors as the essential first steps in the John Hardy production process. Later, they stopped by Three Mountain Workshop, the largest building on the compound, then ended the day with a Temple Ceremony held near the compound where Taehun experienced Balinese culture in one of its purest and most important forms.
We are proud to announce that Teresita FernĂˇndez is the first artist to participate in our Artist Residency Program. She recently returned from a month-long visit to the John Hardy compound in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. While there, FernĂˇndez worked with our Head Designer & Creative Director Guy Bedarida and his team of local artisans to explore new ideas and techniques and incorporate recycled silver into her studio practice.
What you should know about Teresita:
She is a conceptual artist best known for her prominent public sculptures and unconventional use of materials. Her work is characterized by an interest in perception and the psychology of looking. Her experiential, large-scale works are often inspired by landscape and natural phenomena as well as diverse historical and cultural references.
She is a 2005 MacArthur Foundation Fellow and has received many prestigious awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award, an American Academy in Rome Affiliated Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Artistâ€™s Grant.
Teresitaâ€™s large-scale commissions include a recent site-specific work titled â€śBlind Blue Landscapeâ€ť at the renowned Bennesee Art site in Naoshima, Japan. She is the youngest artist commissioned by the Seattle Art Museum for the recently opened Olympic Sculpture Park where her permanently installed work Seattle Cloud Cover allows visitors to walk under a covered skyway while viewing the cityâ€™s skyline through optically shifting multicolored glass.
Teresitaâ€™s works are included in many prominent collections and have been exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Modern Art Museum of Ft. Worth, TX, the Castello di Rivoli in Turin, Italy, and The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the Centro de Arte Contemporaneo in Malaga, Spain, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. She is currently on the board of Artpace, a non-profit, international artistâ€™s residency program.