A Show of One of A Kind Rings

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This year the collaborative jewellery group that I am a part of has organized a one of a kind ring show titled “It’s All in the Details.” It’s coming up soon: June 5-14, and I can’t wait! The opening is on Saturday June 6 from 1-6pm, and we’d love to see you there! There will be some amazing rings from a variety of artists, not just metalsmiths, so please come and enjoy it with us.

Stay tuned as we also have something fun planned coming up over on instagram too–come follow along so you don’t miss out.

 

 

Fall Sample Sale: No Tricks, Just Treats!

Happy Fall!

Wow, the last few months have been a bit of a whirlwind, and I hope you enjoyed your summer as much as I did! You may have noticed that things have been a bit quiet around here….In June I had a baby, and we welcomed our beautiful little girl Emiliana into our family. Since then, my tiny corner of the world has been a busy place.  So I’m very slowly easing back into the swing of things, and I’m starting with a sample sale for you!

I’ll be joining Patsy Kay Kolesar Design & JMK Designs this Saturday, October 4th, 2014.

Get some holiday shopping started early, and pick up a little treat for yourself–you deserve it!  I’ve posted the details below, so be sure to drop by; we’d love to see you! xo

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Collaborative Creation. It’s a beautiful thing.

Over the past few months I’ve been working on some amazing jewellery collaborations alongside Patsy Kolesar  and Su Foster.  We are now Jewellery + Artists + Collaboration!

I’m definitely more of an introvert than not, and sometimes I spend days working solo in the studio, but I really enjoy sharing the creative energy of a project. There is something kind of magical about bouncing ideas back and forth and just letting ideas flow that can lead to somewhere wonderful. 

Over the summer we started collaborating with Yayoi Hirano. Her company, Yayoi Theatre Movement Society will be performing at the Orpheum Annex Nov.7-9. The performance is Medea, based on the greek tragedy and interpreted through Japanese Noh theatre.  All of the costumes are handmade and Yayoi carves the masks herself. The craft that has gone into everything is astounding. I am excited to show you our finished pieces, and I can’t wait to see them all together in the performance.

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©Jewellery + Artists + Collaboration photo credit: Tanya King

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©Jewellery + Artists + Collaboration photo credit: Tanya King

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©Jewellery + Artists + Collaboration photo credit: Tanya King

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©Jewellery + Artists + Collaboration photo credit: Tanya King

 

Patsy has written more about our process here, so head over to her blog to learn more.

If you’re interested in seeing the Medea performance, ticket purchase info is here, just scroll down.

Have you ever collaborated on something? Share below, I’d love to hear about it! xo

Polished & pretty. Like your favourite pair of earrings.

What am I talking about?

 

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It’s my new website! It’s been re-designed by the amazing Christine Thatcher and I hope that your experience with it is as delightful as it was putting all of the pieces together.

I’m still updating the shop and there are sure to be some tweaks here and there, but I hope you’ll have a look at the new space and let me know what you think so far. Share your thoughts below!

p.s. I’m planning a fun giveaway for you with a few of my favourite things! Stay tuned here or by joining me on adventures in handcrafted jewellery. xo

 

 

The Paper Bag Project 2012

It’s almost time for the annual Eastside Culture Crawl!  Last year some fellow jewellers and I exhibited our Ring a Week Project as part of the Culture Crawl, and this year we are showing the Paper Bag Project 2012.

Seven of us have recycled brown paper shopping bags into one of a kind pieces of jewellery art. Our studio is closed to the public except for this annual event, so you won’t want to miss it!

I hope to see you this weekend!
xo

Creative Crush

I came across the work of Maricor/Maricar  just after the new year, and I’m totally smitten.
These talented sisters work in an array of media, but I’m especially drawn to their amazing embroidery.

Aren’t their sweater letters so cozy?

Their colour play is amazing:

And by now you may have noticed that I’m a sucker for clouds:

all images via Maricar/Maricor (go to Tactiles)
Needlework reminds me of all the time I spent as a little girl with my Lola who taught me how to hand sew and darn socks, and of learning how to crochet, knit and cross stitch with my mum and Nanny.

It’s something I always come back to when I need some creative inspiration.

What do you always find yourself coming back to?

Re-fresh

3.
to make fresh again; reinvigorate or cheer (a person, the mind, spirits, etc.).

Sometimes I need a good definition to clearly see where I’m at, at any given moment.

Lately I’ve been thinking it’s time to re-vamp my line , which got me thinking about what I might be able to discontinue. My first thought went to these. I love making them. They remind me to look up… to daydream… But to be completely honest, I feel a bit stuck with them. So it might be time to let them go. Or come up with a 2.0.

And then I caught wind of my friend Patsy‘s RocketHub project. And I now I want to do a little bit more for an amazingly talented woman, colleague and friend who deserves to go get her creative energy flowing.

So……$5 from the purchase of any of my daydream collection pieces is going to go to her RocketHub project.

It’s a win-win-win. A trifecta. –2. A run of three wins or grand events

A win for me because I get to reinvent a line I love. A win for you because you’ll be getting a lovely new piece for your collection. And a win for Patsy who will get a bit closer to her goal with RocketHub.

**My Daydream pieces will only be available until Feb.19**

And you can also check out Patsy’s project in order to contribute directly. She has some wonderful, unique rewards in exchange for helping her reach her goal.

xoxoxo


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Bond.

–noun

1.
something that binds, fastens, confines, or holds together.

I’m the sort of person that gets attached to things.

People.

Places.

Moments.

I’m not the best at small talk. I like to get below the surface of things, because that’s where I feel connections can best be made…or not.

I can safely say I feel completely bonded with my first SNAG Conference experience, in lots of different ways:

…the friends I had the pleasure of attending the conference with. They are all amazing women, artists and metalsmiths who know how to share, love, and laugh. Laugh a lot. Apparently more laughing than sleeping is the best medicine. And a little wine never hurts too. (Wellllll…sometimes it does. But not until the next day, so we added it to the mix anyway).

…with the community around me. I met so many interesting and engaging people, and I loved getting to chat with such a diverse group. We all have a love for jewellery and our craft, but we each bring a fresh and unique approach to it.

…with where I’m going & what I’m trying to do. I feel rejuvenated with my work, and I have so many new ideas that despite feeling exhausted from the past weekend, I can’t get to sleep at a decent hour.

One of my favourite events of the conference was the pin swap.

Here is what I made:

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Copper circles with lace & paper stitched on with copper wire.

And here are the pins I received:

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To me they are like fingerprints: Distinct. Unique. Identifying.

All words I would also use to describe jewellery, as well as the following amazing artists I had the privilege to see speak, view their work, or hold my breathe from celebrity spotting paralysis. (This is by no means everyone, but you get the idea….)

Lola Brooks
Sondra Sherman
Arline Fisch
Heidi Schwegler
Sharon Massey
Catherine Grisez
Jana Brevick

I can’t wait for Toronto 2013 and my next SNAG experience. Who’s in?
xo

Week 2: A Ring a Week

My second ring for the ring a week project had some motherly inspiration behind it with last week being Mother’s Day and all. I guess I had flowers on the brain.

As a child, I remember we often had fresh cut flowers about the house. Usually they included snapdragons and tiger lilies, and I always marvelled at the colour combinations: oranges, hot pinks, purples and greens.

There is something about fresh flowers that are an instant comfort for me, and since I don’t get them that often, I thought it might be fun to re-interpret into ring form, so their essence is always around when fresh ones are not!

Again this week, I busted into my neglected stash of crafty things and played around with some Sculpey. A polymer clay pro I am not, but I’m happy with the end result. I created one little flower inspired by my mum’s love of tiger lilies, and a larger purple one, just for some colour contrast.

Here it is:

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And because I think this one looks even better in action:

flower power ring(I’m wearing it right now on my right index finger as I type, and it’s making me smile).

Craving more awesome rings? Go here.

A Ring A Week Project


It seems like the perfect time for a new project! The buds are blooming, it’s the beginning of the month, and I definitely feel like I need a bit of a reboot.

Between now (the first week of May) and the Eastside Culture Crawl in November, I will be creating a Ring a Week, along with some other jewellery artists in my studio building. They are: Patsy Kay Kolesar, Heather Matwe, Linda Read, and Jessica Taylor.

There are just a few simple rules to follow, which include: Making a different ring each week, and it can be made from any material, not just metal. If it goes around the finger, then it’s a ring!

I am excited to get re-acquainted with my life time supply of non-metal materials, as well as using up bits & pieces around the studio.

My first ring is inspired by the season, and I didn’t really want to use metal for this one. After an early affair in life with embroidery floss, my love of beads swooped in, and I have to say I have simply ignored them since discovering metal. Well, helloooo old friends! It felt good to spend some time with them again, and I created this:



It’s my “Tie One On” Ring…..Yes, enjoy a glass while you wear it, I won’t judge. I think it would go perfectly with a crisp glass of white wine while you sink your toes into the lush green grass on a sunny afternoon.

Or you could ask a friend to tie it on for you, or simply tie it up with a bow yourself, and slip it on. I used ribbon, so there’s a bit of give to it to slip over your finger.

I hope you’ll follow along over the next while! At the end of it all, every ring will be for sale at the Culture Crawl in the Fall, so make sure you come by to see the full collection of everyone’s work!