Location: Vancouver, BC
Member Since: 1991
I work as a custom goldsmith, creating one of a kind, wearable art. I have always been interested in artistic pursuits, and even while working retail and in banking, I took evening classes to keep connected to my creative side. I finally decided to take the plunge in 1990 and returned to school to learn the necessary skills and then started my business in 1995.
I have always been drawn to objects that are handmade, that combine beauty and function, with both a visual and a tactile element. These qualities, as well as travel, poetry, mythology, textiles and nature influence my designs. I like to make jewelry in series or small collections focused around a theme (e.g. “devotion”), technique, look or mood I want to create. The idea of finding “buried treasure” always sparked my childhood imagination and gives my pieces an archaeological quality. The jewelry process from designing to shaping to wearing gives me a deep satisfaction; I believe jewelry is as much amulet as adornment and I try to keep that sense in every piece I make.