My most recent classes have all had such enthusiastics learners that have inspired my general outlook as of late. I try my best to snap pics (not every piece photographs well) but there has been such a range in ideas and skills that have me excited to teach, interact and share more than ever.
Below is an array of images from the last few classes taught by me; resident goldsmith, Manager, new ukulele owner: Alexis.
Well, winter has definitely disappeared (okay, I won’t tempt fate, so I’ll say-for the moment). It’s supper sunny, so you’re probably all outside! In any case, I thought I’d take the opportunity to tell you about a new piece I made, that is currently on exhibition in BC (yes, it’s done some traveling!), at the annual Craft Council BC Earring Show (you can browse the exhibition catalogue here, extra points if you spot fellow member goldsmith Edna Milevsky’s contribution too!).
I made these specifically to put forward for the Earring Show. In fact, I had intended to put them in last year, but I had some serious Covid malaise going on, and didn’t manage too. That’s okay, it meant my motivation this year was even higher to get them done!
Introducing Tumbling- sterling silver, cast and fabricated, with garnets, roller-printed texture and needled felt. They’re pretty epic at almost 12 g each, and about 3 inches long-they make a statement!
I’m guessing you all are acquainted with my immune cell obsession by now, so I’m sure it’s no big surprise that my piece is science-inspired!
All species have some form of immune system, however, the details are subtly different. The base of my Tumbling earrings is inspired by the shape of chicken red blood cells (which are nucleated, unlike mammalian red blood cells), and mammalian lymphocytes and monocytes. Each earring is constructed in two parts, joined by a hinge. The kinetic movement, and their asymmetric design are meant to give the impression of flow, reflecting the idea that cells in the blood are constantly on the move, and also attach and “tumble” along the inside of blood vessels.
Wax forms before casting for the individual base components.
Auditioning placement of the fabricated components.
I had to get a bit creative when I set the garnets to make sure the piece was supported enough! Lots of improv and making your own widgets in jewellery-making!
So, like I said, they’re currently on the other side of the country, but they’ll probably be back in June, so you can eyeball them in person! In the meantime, if you like the concept, but think something on a slightly smaller scale would suit you, come in and browse other work, or let’s have a conversation!
Which means it’s a perfect time for nature themed jewellery. Aurora Simmons of Handmade Revolution has a wonderful selection of nature themed pieces like the studd earrings and tourmaline cabochon ring shown in this image. Stud earrings are perfect for every day wear to add a little something to every outfit and make a day feel special. Come visit us in store to see her work in person.
I don’t know if you caught our studio reel yesterday, but Gillian, the studio owner (organiser? one-woman motivating band?) announced that the shop has won an award for 2021/2022: Best Art Jewellery Store-Toronto.
As you may know, we really strive to build relationships with our community. As a group of goldsmiths, we bring an eclectic aesthetic to the retail area of the studio, as well as high standard of quality. With our dedication to our own unique work, our commitment to helping clients realise their own vision for custom pieces, and our never-tiring pursuit of renewing and repairing your jewellery that you just want to keep on loving, it’s really nice when that dedication is recognised.
Here it is, in it’s new home at the studio!
Of course, it wouldn’t be possible without the support of our community- clients, students and my fellow goldsmiths, so thank you all for helping to contribute to our success, we really do appreciate it, and, as always, we hope to see you around the studio soon.
Do you have some heirloom jewellery lying around in a box that perhaps has emotional significance but isn’t really your style? At Jewel Envy we can make your old pieces new again! If you have a piece with precious metal such as gold, we can use that to make something fresh for you, or if you have precious stones, we can use them to create a whole new design. Something you will want to wear all the time and will still bring back the fond memories attached to the piece. You might be surprised how many fun new things can be done with old pieces, so don’t leave them to languish in the box, bring them in so we can help you get inspired! Below you can see a unique pendant made from a quartz, provided by the client created by Aurora Simmons of Handmade Revolution.
Okay, actually, it’s sort of a snowy day, but white has blue in it too :). Blue is my favourite colour, and it fits my mood this week, so here’s a curated collection of blue from the studio (all available for sale!).