Wrapping up 2015!

Hello,

This will be one of the last posts of 2015 from us as we near Christmas and the stores closes for a few days to reopen in 2016. I thought I would take a few moments to reflect on what a wonderful year it has been for us here. It has been a year of welcoming new members to the space, exhibitions, and a dramatic increase in class enrollment. The studio has had a few scheduled upgrades to equipment and the building has also benefited from further exterior landscaping.

We have now been at 151 Marion St for just over 3 years and are an established part of Roncesvalles with directions being given as either north or south of the blue house. As a space that prides itself on genuine community connections we have supported many local fundraisers and installed a Little Free Library. Our LFL fosters a love of reading which helps cultivate curiosity and imagination; two very important ingredients in supporting the arts in all forms.

One of our members left for maternity leave while another is preparing for motherhood while continuing to work. As with every new year there is a feeling of hope and anticipation for what is to come. We know as a team we can rise to any occasion and have big plans to roll out over the next year. We are deeply thankful for the support we have received from each other, our loved ones, and you our customers.

Our wish for everyone in 2016 is to find joy and satisfaction in life, which is exactly how we feel when we see something we laboured over find a new and loving home with one of you. We hope to be able to continue to share in your special moments as these become part of our memories of the joys to look for in life.

There are only a few more days until Christmas so if we don’t see you in the store before then for last minute pick ups we hope to see you in the new year!

Love, peace, and joy to all,

Gillian

Hello Judith!!!

Judith Noldin is a resident goldsmith here at Jewel Envy. She makes incredibly unique and beautiful pieces, and is also a whiz at doing repairs! I highly recommend stopping by to take a look at what she has going on, you will not be disappointed.

Here she is, hard at work on another repair:
 Here are some of my favourite pieces. The far left is part of the Turrets Collection. I love the cutout detailing, and of course, the 18K yellow gold accent isn’t too bad either! She has other similar pieces as well, with coloured glass instead of gold. The shape of the turrets is inspired by church steeples, and they definitely make me think of medieval architecture. The middle pendant is a lovely and serene mother-of-pearl face, with a pretty moony surprise on the back for you, as well. The brooch on the right is made of coloured, textured glass, and sterling silver. 
 

Come in and say hi to Judith!

Everybody meet Helena!!!

Oh hello there, Helena!
 Helena Perez-Lafaurie is a Jewel Envy goldsmith after my own heart. She designs
these chunky sterling rings that are pretty much everything I look for in a chunky
sterling ring.
Some are classic chunky, and some have a big, beautiful onyxs.
 Some have colourful and sparkly stones.
 And others still have texture and great detail.
Each ring has a bold, strong shape that really accentuates the attention to detail. They are heavy, but so comfortable on my finger it’s almost like they were made just for me. Helena does custom work, so she can make one just for you, too!

Under the Sea

Alexis Kostuk of Glaciale latest creations!
Under the Sea Ring. Sterling silver, Blue onyx, white sapphires.

Shark! Sterling silver with diamond eyes.

Under the Sea Ring. Sterling silver, lapis lazuli, sapphires.

Sharks! Dangle earrings. Sterling silver.

Reef ring. Sterling silver, turquoise.

Shark! Sterling silver with tourmaline eyes.

Sharks! Stud earrings: appear as if the sharks are biting your ears. Sterling silver.
Sasha Oda one of our Jewel Envy talents in jewellery making.
Her pieces are characterized by clear lines and fine ornamentation.

Check out her pieces at Jewel Envy or today at the
Toronto Art Crawl

Jewelust by Amanda Henderson

 This is Amanda Henderson:
 
 She is one of the resident goldsmiths here at Jewel Envy. Her company is called Jewelust, and she designs and creates amazing jewellery that you should definitely come in and check out and wear home!! 
Here is a little sneak peek of the work that she has here in the studio:
 These are her square-top stacking rings. Some are in rose-gold (oooh!!) and some have simple texture, and some have pretty little roses adorning the tops.
 
 The profile is so unique, and they are just as lovely from the side as from the top. They are sold individually, but I think they look best stacked in different colours and styles, so I would definitely have problems choosing just one!
 This is from one of her signature collections – the Whirls. She creates these graceful ribbons of metal and uses them in different ways. This is a simple pendant style, but she has been known to add the whirls to more elaborate pieces.
 Here are some bar pendants. These look so great together, don’t they??! I really like wearing sterling and gold together, so I would probably get the top one custom-made with yellow gold, and a white diamond. Or rose-gold with a black diamond. Or both!

Amanda is a great designer, but she also does incredible custom work. Come by the studio and get to know her a little better, and get something pretty for yourself at the same time!
~sash
ps – all of her social media handles are @jewelust, so you can check her out on Instagram and Facebook as well.

Holiday spirit!

I have been having a blast helping customers with picking out gifts and taking down details for custom orders today. In the moments in between I have been thinking about ways to decorate and the gifts I would like to buy.

I came across these decorations recently from IKEA – I gotta say these are right up my alley.

Thankfully, the Knit Cafe is right next door and I think they are a great place to hit up for gifts for the crafty people in your life.

They have Knit Kits to make beautiful creations like this!

And since food is always on my mind I just added making homemade marshmallows onto the list of holiday projects to take on.

If you have a recipe to recommend, let me know!

I am also interested in any crafts or homemade treats that are special to people; share with us!
-Alexis

Spotlight on Chia-Chien Tsai

Chia-Chien Tsai is better known to everyone in the studio as Ellen. She was Jewel Envy’s very first intern when she was still a student at Ontario College of Art and Design. I remember her barely speaking a word and working hard to finish all the grunt work we would give her. While she was still a student we were amazed by her wax carving skills which we would take advantage of by giving her the duty of creating wax trees for casting. After graduating from OCAD Ellen joined the studio and has been with us ever since.

Ellen’s latest creations: Sterling silver, opals, pearls, red laquer.

Ellen continues to use her wax carving super powers to create organic and beautiful shapes in wax that she casts in various metals and her latest work has a unique combination of gems and laquer. Ellen’s fabrication super power is soldering hollow pieces – an difficult task and one you only get one chance to so do while soldering! She is a much more vocal member of the studio now and her sense of humour never fails to make me laugh. 

Hybrid exhibition revisited through the comments by you!

This year
during our group exhibition around the theme “Hybrid” we asked
viewers to interact with the show by leaving comments. Viewers could provide
their own interpretation of a piece, comment on a piece, or let us know their
favourite work in the show. We had a wonderful response and below are some of
the comments about the work!
Love the beginning of Life it reminds me of a beautiful Bloom. – Marion
Coral Reef & Chochos by Helena Perez Lafaurie: I felt connected to
the planet the moment I saw H.P.L.’s pieces. The raw beauty & asymmetry was
so perfectly balanced with the final form and colour, Love! – Jenny
I like the unique pieces. Awesome local business. Very nice staff and
owner. – James
Fascinating, thought provoking, marvellous – Veronica
I really like the pieces, but three items really call out to me: Gillian
Batcher’s whimsical & imaginary animals are so cute but also so well
crafted. They make me happy when I look at them. Lafaurie’s organic piece made
of emerald, silver with a wood base harkens back to the elemental: we know that
for eons and eons, far below the earth, precious jewels have been developing
their unique strata. The wooden stand with its indigenous ethnicity depiction
is unusual & an important statement of life on this planet. Thirdly, I love
Alexis Kostuk’s foray into indigo enamels. Her necklace is luxurious and strikingly
simple, even with so many components. I would wear this piece instantly! The
whole exhibit covers every aspect of fancy. Well done! -Andrea
Are beautiful dinosaur bees the future? – Devon
I like Amanda Henderson’s Mixed Gold, Silver, Copper Necklace. –
Jeannine
Alexis Kostuk. Elegant, nice shades of blue, eye catching. – Bernard
Hybrid is a fantastic concept to combine different creative pieces and
colours and create something unique. It’s really interesting and fascinating to
create in this way. – Marlene
Hybrids are a very relevant idea in our world today with the rapid
spreading of ideas and information. I am always surprised and amazed by the
unique creations I find. – Rania 

 

 

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