I have always loved colours and patterns. Even as a child when Crayola didn’t have the colors I wanted, I would melt together the left over buds and create my own palette.
Because of my early signs of creativity my parents encouraged me – sending me to art classes, and finally to art school, where I majored in graphic design, photography & ceramics (but mostly trouble). And graduated with a bachelor of Fine Arts honours. I started working in the graphic field creating historic walking tours for Manitoba. It was a wonderful start to a passionate career. I was out all summer taking photos of heritage buildings and in the winter months I would be in the office designing and producing the publications.
From graphics it was a natural progression to marketing, which took me into the corporate gaming world. In time I began to feel a little disjointed, I enjoyed my work, but it no longer fed my soul. So I started searching. I began taking art classes (it worked before I had high hopes it would again). My first class was at Prairie Stained Glass creating lamp work beads; that was frustratingly difficult for me – I must give these artists an enormous amount of credit for the patience & control they have to create the small works of art, but it was definitely not for me. However, while I was wandering around the studio, they were unloading a kiln loaded full of treasure! A trove of colour! Oh my! Who knew such a bounty of beauty existed? Fused glass rich with colour and pattern, my a-ha moment, I couldn’t enroll in the next fused glass class fast enough.
While glass fulfils a need to create with bright, vibrant, saturated colour, jewellery is much more personal. Jewellery brings the creativity down to the human level, it is an art form that speaks for the wearer, worn next to the skin it becomes part of you, even for a moment. I started with pieces purely for the form, using mostly copper because of its warmth and the beautiful shades of patina I could achieve. I’ve discovered the joy in making jewellery that commemorate events, segments of time that people want to share and pass along to others. My favourite is my “I Love You to Pieces” collection, specifically made for a bride where she can take apart the neck piece she wears on her wedding day and gift it to special people.
I hope you enjoy my pieces as much as I enjoy creating them. These are my passions and it is with great pleasure that I share them with you.