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open studio & sale

On Saturday May 6th, 11-5. you are invited to an open studio & sale event in my new building at 1654 Franklin Street *Laneway  Entrance* I will have some past work for sale (on sale!) as well I will have some of my latest hand engraved folding knives:)

Since January I’ve been sharing a large bright new studio with one other artist Marnie Burton, who will have her gorgeous jewellery, as well we’ve invited our friends Bronsino & Jakob Bauer Jewellery to bring their beautiful work and spend the day with us. Furthermore there will be many other artists both from this building and invited- including ceramics, textiles, prints, stationary, perfumes, and cream puffs! Really, you don’t want to miss this!

 

 

larger projects from 2016

Scroll drawing & design practice on practice plates and on small folding knives. I definitely want to do more of this in 2017!

my practice plate brooches on display at Circle Craft gallery

The opening reception at Circle Craft was super fun- here’s a shot of my work in the showcase in case you missed it! The show will be up until October 10, so, go! What have you got lose? Granville Island is always fun.

Hammer, Cut, Stitch, Repeat.

‘Artists test Einstein’s definition of insanity’.

You are invited! Together with Rachael AsheNell BurnsPatsy Kolesar, and Simone Richmond, I am participating in an art show called Hammer, Cut, Stitch, Repeat. It opens at Circle Craft in the Net Loft on Granville Island on Thursday September 8th, 2016 with an opening event from 6-8pm where all the artists will be in attendance. The show runs until October 11th, 2016.

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practice plate #7,859,658.

WIP. 2×2 mild steel plate of hand engraved border designs. I’ve long had the idea I should make a presentation plate- but it is a lot of work!

more lettering practice

This is one of three brooches I’m making for part of a group show, here in Vancouver, in September. The idea is to show how a plate of hand engraving practice can become an interesting and wearable piece.

The photos show the letters hand drawn, then cut (hand engraved), and then with some jewellery making wizardry, made into a brooch!

calligraphy class

When I first knew I wanted to learn engraving, but before I had the resources/tools/teacher to begin, I started practicing my letters. I was aware that lettering is a big part of engraving for the jewellery trade and figured that learning with a pencil, ruler, and eraser was an OK place to start. Since then I have spent many, many hours studying and practicing letterforms and layouts; thicks and thins, spacing and centring, mostly from books and information sourced online.

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sample rings

Sample rings- for Sampling!

messy bench (with tulips)

Messy Bench- featuring tulips, coffee money, projects due, practice plates, a toothbrush, a loop, pens/pencils, a scribe, gravers, screws, hex keys, and q-tips. In my big picture, my game plan is to have fresh flowers on my bench every Monday, a manicure on Friday, and afterwork cocktails at least once during the week. I’ve got the flowers now who wants to take me out for cocktails?

continuing education

My first engraved knife!

I have been recently expanding my horizons in order to apply hand engraving techniques to more than just jewellery. Last October I traveled again to the American Midwest to develop my skills working with bigger objects, such as knives, bracelets, maybe even musical instruments(!) Studying with a master hand-engraving artist, I received valuable guidance in addressing some of the technical challenges of working with larger formats.

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