Girl Meets Studio

Well hello everyone! My name is Lauren Hanham and I am the newest addition to the Jewel Envy family. This is my very first blog post so I wanted to start off by introducing myself and talking a little bit about my work.
I am a 2009 graduate of the George Brown Jewellery Arts Program right here in Toronto, Ont. Before coming to Toronto for school I lived in Burlington, Ont for pretty much my entire life. I’ve always loved craft in any medium, even if I wasn’t good at it. Jewellery is by far my favourite. There’s something so satisfying about art you get to wear.
Some of my favourite things to experiment with in metal is seeing how far I can bend or stretch sheet metal or wire. I love how malleable metal can be. When I was in school many of my projects utilized these techniques. Now being back in a fully equipped studio, I plan to bring this character back to my designs.
After graduating I worked for Matsu Jewellery, a local Toronto jeweler, for about a year where I learned some great production techniques that enabled me to create my first collection out of college that I have called “The Lady Slippers”. Recently the slippers have been joined by a seaweed inspired collection called “De La Mer”. Soon to follow is a currently unamed collection inspired by animal claws.
Thanks for stopping by and come visit at the studio!

My “H2o” Ring is accepted to be part of the National Juried Show-“Inspired By”.

Gillian’s beautiful ring “Burnt Stew Trail” is also part of this show and it is awarded honorable mention by the judges.
Hope you can find time to visit this exhibition that will take place at Zilberschmuck Gallery .

Time: May 19, 2011 at 6pm to June 25, 2011 at 6pm
Hope to see you there!

I have admired Theo Jansen’s kinetic sculptures from afar for some time: he is the dutch artist/engineer who has created the oddly beautiful strandbeests. These “creatures” move in an animal-like way, and Jansen speaks of the way they charm observers.

Now people can own their own strandbeest, or at least a small replica. The 3D printing company Shapeways has made them available, printed in one pass, already articulated.


Fabrication class

Hi all!
For last few weeks, I taught Intro to fabrication class here at Jewel Envy. It has been a lot of fun, and class is heading toward the end already. It is always exciting to see students get excited about the projects and their ideas. 🙂 

Band rings by Satoko NaKaima, Leigh Courdnesne, Anna Dai, Kate Cherney
Earrings by Deborah Lewis, cuttle fish casting project
Pendant by Binh Truong, cuttle fish casting project

Bracelet and earrings by Suzanne Johnson
Bangle by Leigh Courdnesne
Pendant by Anna Dai


Jewellers A.D.D

In the last month I’ve created everything from a silver ring inspired by the mad hatter
brass gypsy earrings


bronze leaves

enameled stars


and sparkly studds!!

And with every piece completed another ten variations are impatiently waiting to come alive!
I think I suffer from jewelers  A.D.D.
A Commonly know disorder suffered by goldsmiths and artist everywhere;-)

If you’d like to see all of my latest creations please pass by 18karat
(loacted at275 Dundas Street West)

Saturday, May 7 · 12:00pm5:00pm

where I will be part of a fantastic spring truck show!

hope to see you there!
Sarah De Gasperis  
jewellery . design

Spring Trunk Show

After a long winter it’s time to get excited about the warmer season that is finally upon us!  I’ve been expressing my excitement through creating a new collection inspired by sunny summer skies, calming waves of the lake and many more summer memories.  Come see the new collection titled “Summer Solstice” at a collaborative trunk show hosted by 18Karat.
This will be a great opportunity to see the whole collection together before it is put into stores!
In honour of Mother’s day there will be many great gift ideas such as your Moms favourite flower from the ever expanding “wildflowers” or a sweet little piece inspired by the first spring blossoms.
Hope to see you there!
Saturday, May 7th, 2011
12 – 5PM
275 Dundas Street West
Toronto, Ontario
(just west of St.Patrick subway station)
*Kathryn Rebecca

In Black & White

Lately I have been enjoying creating jewellery from silver and wood, mostly black ebony and sometimes with cocobolo. On a recent trip to Exotic Woods in Burlington, I came across some beautiful pieces of black and white ebony, which I had not been familiar with. The salesperson told me that it was not completely dry, and advised me to dry it before working with it or it would eventually warp. Since drying wood is a slow process that normally takes months, I asked him whether there was a faster way of drying it. He told me that he knew of a guy who dried wood in his microwave by zapping it ten to twelve times, for about 10 seconds each time.
Not wanting to wait a year or so before I could begin to work with this wood, I decided to give the microwave method a try. I cut the ebony into small chunks, each slightly larger than the shapes I wanted to end up with after carving. I tried nuking the wood as the salesperson mentioned. The wood became very, very hot, but unfortunately after only four zaps, it warped, much as I had feared. I wasn’t exactly sure why, since I had been quite cautious, so I went to the internet for advice.
Predictably, everyone has lots of advice about drying wood. One method that intrigues involves boiling a piece of black & white ebony in boiling water for about an hour, taking it out while it’s still hot, then immediately placing it in a paper bag. I may just try this! I really enjoy working with this species of ebony because although it’s difficult to dry and carve, I can make beautiful jewellery with it. 

Young Kyoung Ko

Creating three dimensions

I was amazed by the ingenuity and the impact of these portraits. It led me to think of the infinite numbers of ways to exaggerate dimension. While the use of the bas relief of nails or the convincing painting alone could create this effect, together they are more powerful. In combination they give both a visual and tactile experience. In the often planar world of jewelry pieces–it is exciting to ponder the ways to take advantage of new ways to create the illusion of depth.

Student Work

Necklace and Earrings by Emma Delgado, Intermediate Casting
Ring by Zaire Puil, Introductory Casting

Ring by Binh Truong, Introductory Casting

Ring by Erin Taylor, Introductory Casting

Ring by Kim Wilkinson, Introductory Casting

Final Projects carved in wax for Casting class

Rings by Alex Estrella, Introductory Casting

Rings by Alex Estrella, Introductory Casting

Ring by Binh Truong, Introductory Casting

Ring by Kim Wilkinson, Introductory Casting

Pendant by Priyanka Khinasia, Introductory Casting

Ring by Zaire Puil, Introductory Casting

Ring by Priyanka Khinasia, Introductory Casting

Crave It!

“Crave It: Writers and Artists Do Food” is the first publication by Red Claw Press. This wonderful anthology will be full of stories, receipees and artwork all on the fabulous topic of food. Work included will range from stories about our love affair with cuisine and work right over to how we can also hate it. There will be joy, sorrow and a little bit of irony to even out the commentary.

“Crave It” is at the printers as I write this and will be available for purchase this week through Red Claw Press. Be sure to purchase your copy! Three of Jewel Envy’s resident jewellers, including myself, Emily Gill, and Sarah DeGasperis have work in this fantastic new book!

The official book launch will take place Thursday May 5th from 7pm-9pm at 70 St Clements Ave and all are welcome!

I will see you at the launch!

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