Montreal – Janis Kerman’s studio is a renovated coach house. The walls are an intriguing collage of books, objets d’art, jewellery, artifacts, memorabilia, photos and sculptures. Her desk is alive with a laptop, pair of burgundy-framed glasses, coloured pencils, client’s notes and logistics paperwork. Sketches are meticulously ordered, accompanied by the appropriate stones. Clients who visit the studio for custom designs witness the intimacy of her creative inspirations and experience her design process first-hand, from inception to finished wearable jewellery. She sketches and designs everywhere. She seeks, chooses and commissions rare and unusual stones to satisfy every aspect of the uncompromised originality of each piece. Whether the earrings are mismatched or she is remodeling a family heirloom for the 21st century, her signature, “it’s the balance, not the symmetry”, is unmistakable.
“I find a symbiotic relationship between fine ar t and all forms of design – a conceptual fluidity where influences may move freely between disciplines promoting exchange and evolution.” My work is based on geometric shapes , inspired by the form, colors and textures of objects both artistic and common: architecture, furniture, paintings , ceramics , fashion…”
Ms. Kerman discovered her aptitude, enjoyment and infinite abilities in jewellery design and construction at summer camp when she was 15. A knee injury limited her from any physical activity and provided an opportunity for her creativity in “arts & crafts”. She continued her studies at the Saidye Bronfman Center in Montreal, Boston University, various workshops and seminars and apprenticed with many esteemed jewellers. The first studio of Janis Kerman design opened in 1977.
From 1980 to 1988, in addition to her own designs, Ms. Kerman was a partner in creating seasonal lines of fashion accessories and handbags combining leather and metal work. She became noted for her mismatched designs in niobium. In the early 1990’s, Ms. Kerman moved exclusively into using fine metals and stones in one-of-a-kind contemporary pieces. Ms. Kerman is represented in over 30 galleries across Canada, the United States and Australia and regularly appears for client commissions.