The Story of Orange Avocado Jewelry...
Published Nov 03 2012 in
In my twenties my co-worker, Debra, was diagnosed with breast cancer. In my thirties my neighbourhood friend, Allison, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Now in my forties my friend, Debbie, is diagnosed with breast cancer. One for each decade and I am just one person ... that's three too many. How many do you know? How many do we not know?
For the second year in a row, I have created a small jewelry set in support of Breast Cancer Research. I have created a simple necklace with a pink swarovski crystal pendant and three fine silver beads at the side to represent the three survivors that I know. I have made a beaded bracelet in a pink jade semi-precious stone with a pewter breast cancer symbol. I have brought back my fine silver link & pink swarovski crystal channel charm earrings. The necklace & bracelet are $65 each & the earrings are $45. Twenty percent of the sale of these pieces will be donated to the breast cancer organization and will be sold exclusively through my website www.orangeavocado.ca and through the lovely store "mbellish" in Sherwood Park.
I hate cancer; I love my friends.
Published Nov 03 2012 in New Collections
I love the transition from my sketches to the actual production of my jewelry. This year my sketches have been inspired by the Art Deco movement of the 1920’s and 30’s. I have taken the stylistically simplistic forms of geometric shapes and deconstructed them into pieces of jewelry art. The Art Deco era was also representative of the German Bauhaus movement in architecture; think modular shapes and clean lines that flow from one piece of furniture to another. I can’t get enough of the flow of the basic geometric shapes; when combined in the most creative of ways produces strong yet beautiful pieces of jewelry. So here it is Art Deco relived ... with an Orange Avocado Jewelry spin!
Published Nov 03 2012 in My Story
It was an honour to learn over the course of 4 days the art of metal clay through the eyes of an artist. You have opened my eyes and taught me skills in mixing patterns of different metals to a higher level. The art of Mokume Gane came alive with your techniques and inspired all of us to create outside of our boxes. You are a woman of exceptional talent; I am humbled by your humility and unlimited knowledge. Over 4 days I was inspired by my fellow artisans who all came from different backgrounds of metalworking, glass working and jewelry making. I am a speck in a sea of endless talent and beautiful women (and one token male) who want to learn, share knowledge and just do what they love to do...make some jewelry one piece at a time. What a refreshing outlook on artisan made jewelry in a world of mass production.