The Story of Orange Avocado Jewelry...
Gratitude is what I feel today❤️. So many thanks to my customers who came out to my Christmas show yesterday. You braved the icy roads to support my little business. Over 200 people attended the show...how is it so I say each time to my daughter. So much love to my friends and family who helped me with my show: Calla, Kirsten, Erin, Rayna, Roma, Alex, Jackie,Debbie, my mom Kim and Aidan. I cannot do it without your help each year! Each of you make changes in your busy schedules to help me...incredible! A final thanks to the staff at the Derrick Club, they are the most accommodating and friendly people to work with. Big hugs to all of you. Now go and enjoy your jewelry.
Published Oct 26 2018 in Events
Drop every fearBreast Cancer WarriorA place without judgementA place to drop every fearWords by Jayleen, former resident ofSorrentino's Compassion HouseI was honoured to be a part of Sorrentino's Compassion House Fashion with Compassion 2018 this year, creating a limited edition Bronze Layered Heart Bracelet. It was thrilling to see all of the 125 bracelets that I made were sold out last night. I have been creating a limited edition piece for the last 6 years for the organization. And each year I am inspired and touched by the personal stories that each resident brings to this event. A heartfelt note of gratitude to Mellissa Kraft, executive director, and Joanne Berger; for their support of my craft and fearless support of the cause. The Sorrentino's Compassion House is affordable housing for out of town residents who are undergoing cancer treatment at the Edmonton Cross Cancer Institute. With donor support each resident can stay for $25 a night; where the actual cost of a stay is $125 a night. Please read more about this organization at www.compassionhouse.org#supportastay #yegfwc #yegsch
It's been a good year for me. My jewelry was voted for the 6th time Best of Edmonton 2018 "Best Custom Jewelry Store" by Edmontonians who have supported me from the beginning. It is the raw and handcrafted aesthetic of my jewelry that continues to have an allure for my customers. I am very grateful that my work is acknowledged by them. Also having one of my pieces of jewelry curated and chosen to be in the Edmonton Made Gift Catalogue 2018 has been a major highlight. Although I have been at this craft for over 16 years, I was still nervous as to what to submit. I choose the "Solitary Pebble Necklace" which is inspired by the circles formed when you skip a pebble in the water. Here is the link to the Solitary Pebble Necklace.This is picture of my daughter Erinwhen she was 3 years oldskipping rocks in the pond at Hawrelak park.My Solitary Pebble Necklace reminds me of this day.Of this moment.Memories of my little one.Inspiration for my jewelry comes to me daily. I am always creating pieces in my head which I then often draw out and then head into my studio to create it in bronze or silver. It is a neverending process that I live for each day.Thank you for acknowleding this desire to create every day.
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.
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Published Jul 13 2018 in Custom Pieces
Lynn contacted me about creating a custom piece for two of her classroom helpers. She requested possibly using two pieces of art that a couple of her students created, one of which was the child of one of the helpers. I loved the pictures; children's art is so original! I hand etched the drawings of an alpaca and a ladybug onto pieces of silver. The alpaca was the favourite of one of the helpers whenever they went on their zoo visits. Sadly, when they went to visit the zoo where inspiration for the alpaca came from, they were informed that the animal had passed away due to age. This will be a special and lasting momento for the child and the parent to share a memory with.