Cutting our teeth on week three…

This week’s post is brought to you by Karyn, from deep inside her safe bubble of self-isolation!

I hope everyone is staying healthy, sane, and centred amidst this pandemic.

While the retail store remains closed, Gillian is monitoring phone, email, and social media, so if you are interested in purchasing a piece of jewellery, commissioning a custom piece, or just want more information about beginning the process, please get in touch.  You can visit our online shop here, where you can peruse the work of our artists, and buy gift certificates for custom work, as well as for future workshops and classes.

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Today I thought I would post about one of the ways that I have been keeping a creative practice going in isolation.


Before the shops closed I was able to stock up on some art supplies, and have gotten back into the process of painting, which is something I have enjoyed throughout my life, but haven’t revisited for … nearly a decade… wow, it’s been a while.

For those of us who have been told to stay home and have the luxury of ample free time, this is a perfect time to get creative and play around.  To engage with our imaginations and see what happens, without any specific aim or outcome in mind.

Have you guessed colour is an important element in this work?

The process I’ve developed usually starts with a broad splash of one or two base colours, then I layer up loose strokes of complimentary colours, incorporating patterns, and I finish off the detail with oil pastels or ink drawings. I play around with these sequences, building up the layers. Eventually it becomes an exercise in rhythm and restraint.

I’m sorry, did you say “restraint”?

I would consider these last two a successful example of my “restraint”…

It’s been fun to try something new, not be too precious about it and see what emerges. Ultimately, you never know how these exercises might work their way into your primary practice, so I’m intrigued to see how this will influence my jewellery aesthetic. Maybe they’ll take on a life of their own and I’ll make my first million in painting sales!

Stay tuned!

In the meantime, I wish everyone

health and sanity

Take care of yourselves,


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