Recently I received an exciting opportunity to share my pieces in the Art Party Exhibition at Seymour Art Gallery in North Vancouver. One of the best parts was the challenge that exhibiting in a gallery brings to the design process. I wanted to create pieces that are able to stand alone next to works of art, but that are also wearable.
Keeping the recycled element in each design was really important to me, and this first collection was a new twist on upcycling. Both pieces were created from an inspirational copper plating workshop I took at Soigné in the heart of Railtown, Vancouver.
These earrings, part of the Withered Collection, are designed from dried flowers that have been plated in copper. Light torching brought out the variation of colours in the metal to give it a unique depth.
The focal point for the necklace in the Withered Collection is the copper plated seed pod. I torched the copper to raise its colour variances to the surface, and paired it with a rigid brass bar to juxtapose the pods fluid curves.
A little while ago I found these shards of metal in a local antique store. Relics of the printmaking era, their beauty is in the rough texture embedded on the metal’s surface from the printmaking process. This Pressed Collection necklace combines the metal shards with sterling silver fixings and plays on the visual power of repetition.
I wanted to incorporate butter amber into the Pressed Collection earrings for its rich colour. The smooth surface of the sap is a nice compliment to the roughness of the metal shards.
For the Clockwork Collection, I designed a necklace to match a ring I had made earlier this year. Both pieces incorporate repurposed watch parts and brass disks to lend them an aged vintage look, and are finished with sterling silver.
The Art Party Exhibition will be on until October 5th.