Visit in Paris!

Hello everyone!
In the beginning of September, i visited Paris for my vacation. Paris was gorgeous city with endless things to see and many places to go. While i was visiting Paris, there were 8 big fashion and jewellery shows going on at Paris Expo, so I had to go to at least one of them as I felt lucky with the timing. The jewellery show I went is Eclat de Mode that showcased 530 exhibitors’ work and it was mostly a wholesale show for buyers, jewellery designers and jewellers. Since it was big event for jewellery designers and jewellers, the exhibitors came from all over the world. I wanted to see a lot of jewellery made with unusual material and there were many interesting and beautiful works I wanted to share with you.
So, here are some of my favourites..
Ring by Anne Donckele
Pendant and Ring by Daniel Vior
(It was great to see Plique a Jour in contemporary jewellery!)

Brooches by taratata bijoux

Bracelet by Joid’art

Leather jewellery by Christina Brampti
Textile jewellery by Zsiska


I was selected as one of jeweller to participate in The Value of Metal exhibition from September 15th to October 16th at The Guild Shop(click for detail)

Come visit to see beautiful one of a kind jewellery and get inspired! 

As the seasons change…

So to does our motivation at Jewel Envy!

It’s been an amazing summer in the studio, we were lucky to have two fabulous interns to help us with our work (many thanks to Heba and Teresa – we miss you both already!).  

After FINALLY accepting that summer is over and fall has officially arrived I have been working away in preparation for the Queen West Outdoor Art Show & Sale.   The show is part of the exciting Queen West Art Crawl weekend.  

I have been putting the finishing touches on my latest collection “Autumn Notes” to showcase for the first time. As well,  Lauren and Alexis have been busy creating beautiful pieces as they will be a part of the show as well.  

Here are the details if you would like to stop by.  

Saturday, Sept 17th – Sunday, Sept 18th

Trinity Bellwoods Park (located on Queen Street West between Dufferin and Bathurst, just after Shaw Street)
Toronto, Ontario
My booth # is C72
Alexis booth # is C19
Lauren’s booth # is C23

Come by to see 250 artists work from all over Ontario.  There will be painters, potters, jewellers and more.  

Hope to see you there!

Kathryn Rebecca

I am participating in an exhibition, The Value of Metal, co-hosted by Ontario Crafts Council (OCC) and Metal Arts Guild Of Canada (MAGC). My jewellery will be showing at the Guild Shop from September 15th to October 16th. They are fun and beautiful. Please come visit!

118 Cumberland St. (Yorkville)
Toronto, Ontario
M5R 1A6

I have been working on ginkgo leaves and making molds for them. I glued each leaf on a piece of wax sheet in order to increase their thickness so they are easy to cast. Before pouring the paste without shifting them, I glued those leaves on the bottom of the box. Wait for a day for the mold to dry and it’s ready to go!

ChiaChien Tsai

when things start to pile up, it’s time to organize!

Random detritus, including mokume and a piece of deer antler
Container of containers
pile ‘o boxes

Lately whenever I pause from doing work I gaze around my bench area & frown at the mess that is piling up around me.  I know I have enough storage space for placing my tools and materials away.  However, it seems like when I start working and switch between projects the detritus of “partially finished’, “just started” and “I should fix this” piles become sequestered in small containers and plastic bags crammed between tools.  Also, piles of random tools that I don’t use everyday but need to keep around and easily at hand – such as popsicle sticks and small containers to cram things intoIn an attempt to bolster myself into maintaining a cleaner space I constantly decide that I just need the “right” containers to help organize.  Enter: the dollarama, where cheap plastic containers line the shelves in abundance. I think I might be heading in the right direction with these beauties…

Look upon my organization skills with envy!
So beautiful!
Now maybe if I convince myself to drag my extra bookshelf to work I can continue my organizing binge…  


The summer of Mezuzahs

Hi Everyone,

It has been quite the busy summer and a project I have been working on since December is 2010 is finally coming to fruition! It all started with an off the cuff question from a client inquiring if I had ever made a Mezuzah. (A Mezuzah is small cylindical sculpture placed on the door of Jewish homes that holds a parchament paper with a sacred prayer). At the time I had not made one but as I like a challenge I said I would be happy to.

This conversation led to me being asked to design a Mezuzah for the Kehilla Residential Program for a new project.  (Kehilla creates affordable housing for low income Jewish families.) So now it was design time. I did many sketches and had many meetings about the design and what I could produce multiples of in a reasonable time frame. We finally agreed on design and then the funding challenge began. As Kehilla is a non-profit they are always in need of more funding! The team went straight to work and after talking up the project they were able to secure the finances to proceed.

I am now in the process of making 100 Mezuzahs for the fall fundraiser! The image on the left is of the final design. It features the Hebrew letter “shin” and is made from stainless steel and copper. They will be available for purchase through Kehilla in time for Sukkot!

Looking forward to updating you on future projects!


Interns saying helloooo

Hello Hello,

Let me introduce myself, my name is Heba and I am one of two interns currently working at Jewel Envy over the summer. Both Theresa and I attend OCADU for jewellery and metalsmithing, however I am going into my fourth year while Theresa (the other glorious intern) is heading into her final thesis year (as a 5th year student).

I am really enjoying interning here at Jewel Envy (and I am not just saying that). Everyone is very hard working, hilarious and collectively they create a very enjoyable and productive working environment. It’s nice coming in to work on my own collections as well, as the studio is fully equipped and everyone is ready and able to answer any questions. I find that working as a jeweller at home fun at times because I can play my obnoxious music as loud as I want, late into the evening without bothering anyone (who wasn’t grown use to it), and I can work in my pajama’s and bumble bee slippers in comfort. The downside being that I don’t have anyone to bounce ideas off of when things have gone wrong or don’t look just right, this I find to be such a helpful part of the creative process, and one that I cherish at Jewel Envy as everyone here has years of experience. Sometimes I will ask standard questions just to see how someone else does it, because everyone has their own little method to accomplishing a task..some work better than others.

I would definitely recommend interning here to anyone who is deserving and hard working…there is no sitting around looking pretty here.

Well, hope you’re all having a super productive summer like the rest of us here at the studio.



Forge n’ Fold

I recently made a few pieces that use a technique called fold forming. Basically what it entails is taking thin sheet metal and folding it. What you do from there is entirely up to you! It’s a fairly limitless world with quicker gratification that say anticlastic forming which requires A LOT of patience.
At a show I participated in earlier this month people were asking me a lot of questions about the pieces and were very interested in the process. I found this demonstrative video on Rio Grande’s Youtube channel that shows the kind of fold forming I used to make these particular pieces.
This one is called a rueger fold. You can cut out any shape as long as you keep the fold. You don’t even have to hammer on the folded side, this is just one example of many!


new art market in town

The Barns Art Market is an exhibition of artists and crafts people that takes place once a month from May 28 – October 15, 2011 at the Artscape Wychwood Barns.
I was part of this new juried show that introduces interesting dynamic between art market and farmers market at the same time.
Beautiful Wychwood Barns are making this event even more special as visitors get to enjoy the event on many different levels.

Make sure you visit.


50th TOAE

Last weekend, Gillian, Theresa (our intern @Jewel Envy), and I participated in Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition at Phillips Square. The sun was very strong to stand outside but it was the perfect weather for outdoor show. Lucky! 
Rosalyn’s booth, photo by kat

My booth was a bit apart from the centre where it was most crowded, but overall I had good traffic of people who visited my booth. It was a good experience to hear lots and lots of good or bad comments coming out from thousands of fresh eyes, because when you are out of school and begin working in a studio creating your own work, it is hard to imagine how it would look to other people. Most of the comments that I received over the weekend gave me so much inspirations and motivations to create new works. So, I hope you all stay tuned for more of my new exciting pieces to inspire you back.

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