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Do you consider yourself a professional, student or emerging artist. Are you a gallery, school, organization or guild?
Professional, Emerging Artist
In what area of the metal arts do you work?
silversmith, goldsmith, metalsmith, enamellist, other
Tell us about your education.
I began my journey in jewellery making at a very young age.
Since my mother loved to travel, we embarked on a trip to Kenya in 1991 (I was 6 years old) to discover a new world.
My first introduction to craft based jewellery arts was in Masaii tribes. Our family friend's owned property and a small farm next to a Masaii community. I had never seen so many seed beads in my life.
For many years I taught arts and crafts and indulged in jewellery making as a hobby at home. As some boys might enjoy their gameboy, I worked tirelessly at multiple strands of tiny glass beads...occasionally I tried to sell at garage sales and the school Christmas bazaar.
The obsession faded for a while in highschool. I was deeply interested in sciences and biology, though my outgoing nature and desire for the theatrical steered me to pursue a Communications degree in Art, Media and Theatre in CEGEP.
I was a reject at Concordia University's Design Art program. I persisted to find ways to improve my portfolio and was granted admission pending a reassessment of my portfolio....truth was the faculty were impressed by my mounting and paper professional execution in the "assembly" of the product, and I was admitted in 2004 to start my university career.
Throughout university, I worked part-time at the Bead Emporium of Montreal, in Westmount, commuting from my suburban home to downtown to make a (very) modest wage helping string beads and teaching workshops. Run by Ruth Shine, a jewish German woman who had grown up in Lima, Peru, and had opened a Bead and Button store on Victoria Avenue in the heart of Westmount, at the time, she had been in that location for 31 years...I would later learn her grandmother had owned a button shop in Berlin, explaining Ruths equisitve taste in unique painted wood bobbles, Retro German Plexi components and silk covered antique beads. It was truly a historical lesson to me more than a retail job. I loved it.
Spring 2005, I was picking up more part-time work at a Garden Centre close to my home, and I met my would-be boyfriend, who was attending the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. I had only heard of people moving away to University to attend art school. The amount it cost was unfathomable and I had no idea what pulled me, if it was being in a new place, or the need for independence and growth. I moved to Halifax in 2006, transferred every credit I could and started a new life.
An interdisciplinary degree wouldn't be enough (and this may be the first time in my life I felt a great deal of passion to focus on one aspect) and so I declared a major in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing.I had found my calling and would use jewellery as my method of expression during this time. It worked, and I succeeded and graduated in 2009 after hundreds of studio hours, countless samples, and $25 k of student debt later! I won the L.A. Pai Gallery student jewellery competition, packed up, moved to Toronto to do the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition and decided to stay for a while.
Now it's been 4 years. The rest is history and I'll save it for another time.
Next class will be a combination Intro/Intermediate Enamelling course, beginning on Thursday March 25th for 8 weeks.
Introductory Enamelling: Learn the basics of firing glass powder onto copper, metal preparation, various firing stages/textures, using opaque and transparent enamels, stenciling, drawing and painting on enamel, building hollow copper objects to enamel, enameling 3 dimensional objects, wet inlay and cloisonne. No jewellery/enamel experience necessary, the basics of piercing and drilling will be taught so everyone has a chance to design their own unique shapes to enamel!
Intermediate Enamelling for Jewellery: We will explore the possibilities of enamel in finished pieces of sterling silver jewellery. We will learn and elaborate on enamel techniques, with a focus on multiples, bezel setting, prongs or tabs and rivetting enamelled components to fabricated jewellery designs. Prerequisites for Intermediate are: Intro to enamelling and Intro to Fabrication or other fabrication experience. Visit our website to see all courses and for registration information. www.jewelenvy.ca
One day enamel workshops for March 2010 (make a pendant with stenciled design and matching earrings, or two pendants)
Saturday, March 13 from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday, March 21 from 10:00am to 6:00pm