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http://www.francinewalkerstudio.com
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Professional
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goldsmith, metalsmith
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I started designing jewellery in 1990. Initially I was self taught, until I met Ann Davern, of Vancouver. She became a mentor and friend. In 1997 I went on to complete my formal training at Kootenay School of the Arts, in Nelson, BC.
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BIOGRAPHY
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Francine Walker is a passionate metalsmith, whose mind is constantly stimulated with creative ideas. She loves to create one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable art that explore texture, and simple geometrical shapes. Gold, silver and gemstones are her favorite materials to create with. Custom and production designs are made by the artist personally to ensure originality and quality.
She is a studio graduate of Jewellery and Small Object Design from Kootenay School of the Arts in Nelson, British Columbia, as well as a graduate of Interior Design from Mount Royal Collage in Calgary, Alberta.
Francine lives with her musician husband and Lego-building-dare-devil boys. She creates from her studio overlooking Lake Okanagan in Kelowna, BC.


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I have a deep passion for design and jewellery. My studio is one of my favorite places to be. I love my job and creating little precious works of wearable art. I have designed on many scales, but I keep coming back to the tiny scale of jewellery. I often find my inspiration from within my studio and from my tools. The most creative part of working with jewellery is the metal itself. There are so many possibilities in which metal can be formed and used. I love the contrast between an organic texture and a classic smooth high polish finish. My goal is not to over work and complicate a piece, but to keep the lines clean, based on simple geometric shapes. I work with gold, silver, brass, copper, precious and semi-precious stones.

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At 10:09pm on June 20, 2011, Dorothée Rosen said…
Oh my goodness, we've come up with the same ring design (just different). Awesome!
At 1:09pm on May 23, 2011, Jan Smith said…

I agree be great to catch up.  I have short dardk hair wher glasses (although somtimes contacts) I'm volunteering at the Professional Development semiar on saturday if we don't connect at the pin swap or the "Canada mixer" at belltown billards.  Look forward to meeting

 

At 11:55am on May 2, 2011, Bridget Catchpole said…

Hello Francine

Thanks for the compliment. I like your work too! Get in touch if your in Vancouver we can have a studio visit and perhaps i can visit you if I'm in Kelowna?

All the best,

Bridget

At 11:46pm on April 12, 2011, Lacia Vogel said…
I had such fun at that school. Such a beautiful town!
At 10:54am on April 12, 2011, Jan Smith said…

Francine

I'm looking forward to it too!  the lectures and exhibition look wonderful! 

I'm overdue too, last one was Savannah for me.  Hopefully will cross paths!

At 10:35pm on April 11, 2011, Gillian E. Batcher said…
Thank you! You too!
At 11:17am on April 1, 2011, Jan Smith said…

Hi Francine

 

Thanks for your kind comments about my work.  Really enjoy your work too! Are you attending SNAG in Seattle?  There is a small group going from the lower mainland area..be nice to meet.  Thanks again Jan 

 

At 5:11am on June 29, 2010, Anna Clark said…
Hi Francine
Good to hear from you, your work is beautiful. Hope your summer is going well, I am in England right now, back in Rossland at the weekend.
Cheers, Anna
 
 
 

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