Location: Vancouver, BC
Member Since: 2002
Suzanne Nairne was raised in Vancouver where, as a child, her father encouraged her to draw and paint, sometimes sketching outdoors on weekends together. His early encouragement inspired a life-long love for creative work.
Prior to her work in jewellery, studying languages and performing dance were Suzanne’s creative passions. She lived for many years in New York where she took surface design classes with Maria Melero. She designed and hand painted textiles and wooden pieces to accompany tableware, including trays, napkins and napkin rings, tablecloths, and placemats.
However, while attending wholesale fashion and retail craft shows there, she was captivated by the jewellery exhibits and knew that that was what she wanted to do. She enrolled in metalworking classes at The Craft Students League on a scholarship, where she studied under Tamiko Kawata Ferguson.
Since returning to Canada, Suzanne has continued to develop her training through workshops and classes. She exhibits her work in shows across Canada and the US.
Sterling silver will tarnish over time, especially textured surfaces. To care for your pieces, store them in a small bag before placing in a box or drawer. Silver elements can be dipped in liquid silver cleaner for about 30 seconds, followed by rinsing under warm running water and drying with a soft cloth. Gold elements are easily cleaned with a polishing cloth.
“Inspiration for my work comes from many sources – a new technique or material, an interest in blending architectural and natural forms, a concept I want to interpret. I prefer a clean, bold, often dramatic look. The “Sketches” [collection] is the most accessible, affordable series, intended to be an elegant daily accent. I believe in the value of a personal original vision in the midst of the globally generic market.”