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  • Molten Collection: Pure Chemistry

    Published Aug 27 2018 in New Collections

    Nothing is more satisfying than taking my silver and bronze out of my kiln and seeing my work come to life.  I’ve hand formed literally thousands of  silver and bronze clay pieces into various links and deconstructed pendants over the years.  I’ve watched my silver pieces become molten pieces of liquid metal under a torch and in my kiln.  And I’ve sifted through my coal carbon and pulled out bronze pieces that have sintered under intense temperatures up to 1600 degrees farehnheit.  I love and appreciate the process from start to finish. 

    The Molten Collection is one that celebrates pure chemistry.  It is a homage to those incredibly high temperatures and liquified pieces of silver and bronze that change from a solid to a liquid and back to a solid.  This collection is one of raw and irregular shapes.  No two pieces are the same as unique bumps and gentle curves characterize each individual pendant.  It is finding beauty in the rough. 

    And so I bring to you the Molten Collection from my hands to yours: raw, strong & feminine.

    View online:  MOLTEN COLLECTION


  • Inner Spirit Collection: Calm, Serenity & Balance

    Published Mar 17 2018 in New Collections



    My family and I were able to visit my sister in Kailua, Hawaii again this year.  It’s been a few years since I last visited this beautiful natural landscape of ocean, lava formed mountains, and endless greenery.  It was like we never left.  We all fell comfortably into our routine of tank tops, shorts and flip flops.  The roosters woke us up every morning along with the morning military bugles playing “Reveille” (we lived just off the nature reserve near the Kaneohe military base).  We ran or swam every day.  We tried to beat the heat and would start our runs just as the sun was rising, but never managed to conquer it by the time that we got home.  But each time I was out there I felt at peace as the sweat dripped from my brow. 

    You see, I am at peace with routine whether it be at an old vacation spot with my family or at home at my jeweller’s bench.  There is comfort in familiarity.  

    The Inner Spirit Collection is inspired by our quest to find contentment in our lives. Your inner spirit let’s you know that you are loved, and that you are enough. Incorporating the beautiful semi-precious stones of the earth discovered in Kailua, I have created a jewelry collection exuding calm, serenity, and balance.  The colors are subtle and pure: soft ocean blues in the chalcedony & laramar stones and radiant spa green tones in the peridot and gooseberry stones.  It is a celebration of the captivating beauty in nature and ourselves. 

    Find the collection here:  Inner Spirit Collection


  • Rest & Renewal 2018: The simple things in life.

    Published Jan 03 2018 in New Collections

    I opened the door to my studio today after a 2 week vacation away in Kailua, Hawaii.  I poured out the beads I purchased in my favourite bead store from Hawaii & immediately began sketching and arranging them in what will become part of my spring and summer collection 2018.  It's always exciting, fun and challenging to bring my ideas and sketches to life.  

    These beads bring to me memories of enjoying the simple things in life.  We usually stay at my sister's home in beautiful Kailua.  We made homemade ricotta and yogurt, took the boat out to Kaneohe Bay, devoured poke from Tamura's, ate at cool restaurants, and wore flip flops everyday.  I try to run everyday; always relishing the last run of the trip. Near the end of a run my husband said:  this is your last 4 minutes running in Hawaii.  I didn't sprint...I jogged slowly and felt the sun on my face. 

    Here's to feeling the sun on your face and enjoying the simple things in life.  

    I am forever grateful.


  • Arctic Blossoms: Hidden Moments

    Published Sep 06 2017 in New Collections

     

    Every day I travel the river valley trails by foot or by bike in my hometown of Edmonton, Alberta. Each time the scenery changes from day to day and from season to season.  However, it is in the fall and winter months that I notice the little things.  

    I see the first leaf that turns golden yellow accompanied with the scent of fall in the air.  Snowfall comes and parts of nature are hidden under feathery layers of snow.  In those layers are arctic blossoms that will soon rise up after 4 to 5 months of hibernating.  

    The Arctic Blossoms Collection is a romantic take on those moments of yellow leaves and hidden buds. It is a jewelry collection that represents the random nature of those buds and leaves.  A feminine collection of gentle curves captured in little packages of bronze and silver. 


  • Wings of Hope: Changing Leaves Collection

    Published Jun 18 2017 in New Collections, Philanthropy Jewelry

     

    I am honoured to be chosen out of a group of jewelry designers to be a part of the "Wings of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation"  2017 jewelry collection.  

    This organization provides assistance for low income breast cancer patients who have received in the past or are currently receiving treatment at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary. Please read more about this wonderful organization on their website: Wings of Hope.

    This charitable organization requested a collection that would represent Alberta. After careful thought and pulling from my experiences as an Albertan, my "Changing Leaves Collection" was created. This collection is inspired by the seasonal landscape of the beautiful forests of Alberta.

    From spring to summer & fall to winter those leaves evolve representing growth, life & change.
    From a bud in the spring, growth throughout our summer and eventual departure from the trees that it came from; it is those leaves that feed the ground that it was born from.  
    Each stage is beautiful and enchanting.

    My personal appreciation of the great outdoors, love of the river valley & trails of Alberta serve as an inspiration for the Changing Leaves Collection in support of this charitable organization.  

    A significant portion of the sales of this jewelry collection will be donated to the Wings of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.

    Find the Wings of Hope Changing Leaves Collection online:

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