Toronto International Jewellery Festival

What do you know about the Toronto International Jewellery Festival (TIJF –

It is a month long jewellery festival that will showcase the talent of Canadian goldsmiths through dozens of exhibitions across the city. It is the first ever of its kind in Toronto and here at Jewel Envy, we are involved in a few of the exhibitions, including our own, New Life. (

Jewel Envy invited past and present members of the studio to interpret
the theme “New Life” through the creation of art jewellery pieces. Some very interesting pieces have been created (believe me, I’ve seen a few!) and the show is going to be a great one! The opening is May 3 from 5-10pm, and the work will be on display for the entire month of May.

Another exhibition that will feature the work of JE goldsmiths Amanda Henderson and Fatima Tataragic, is called Emotions: Fury to Joy.  ( This show asks the participating artists to take an emotional journey from fury to joy with two stops in between. The two middle emotions are up to the artist and will tell an emotional story. The work on display will be each artists interpretation of the emotions into personal adornment.

The final exhibition (that we know about right now, we are awaiting the announcement of judging results for more exhibitions), is called 45 Years in the Making ( This exhibition will showcase the talent and skill of George Brown College’s jewellery program alumni. We have many GBC grads here that will be featured, including Gillian Batcher, Lauren Hanham, Amber Thomas-Penchoff, and Kathryn Rebecca Pitt, who is sadly no longer with Jewel Envy. It is being organized by me, Amanda Henderson.

These are only three of the 3 dozen TIJF exhibitions that are so far announced. I hope you are all as excited as I am for May!


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