Kanarek Jewelry, founded in 2013 by Yael Kanarek, brings language to the body in sophisticated, surprising ways. Yael believes language holds a special meaning unique to each individual. She captures this beauty in every piece she creates designing jewelry in English, Hebrew, Yiddish, Arabic, Spanish, and Sanskrit.
Yael is known in the New York art scene as a pioneer of net art. Her work has been shown widely, most recently as a participant in the US State Department’s Art in Embassies Program. Yael’s ongoing interest in languages―spoken, written, and digital― has led her to consider the body as a site for expression. Her first piece of jewelry came from her ongoing net artwork World of Awe, specifically the first sentence of The Traveler’s love letters: I found the key to extreme beauty. Soon after, she partnered with Ori Kushnir and the signature trait of Kanarek was born: fine jewelry celebrating and bringing language to the body. Each collection starts with the inspiration from the source language. From there, 3D printing technology is used to design, render and produce each piece.
The Hebrew Kanerek collection celebrates the Old Testament in the original Hebrew language, including poetry and sayings in Yiddish and even a few Aramaic pieces derived from mystical Jewish writings. Yael designed the unique Hebrew font, Gufanit, specifically for this text jewelry collection, fusing traditional and contemporary letter design elements together. She developed Gufanit during her fellowship at the LABA, The Laboratory for Jewish Culture.
Yael will also work with you to create custom designs. For more information, check out kanerek.com.