Friday, December 10, 2010

Pearls With a Twist

For the past few weeks I have been hand knotting pearls on coloured silk. Some years ago I was taught proper knotting techniques by Myra Waller who owned Waller Antiques in Victoria. I had something in mind but couldn't quite visualize what I wanted to do. I have always loved a traditional strand of pearls and thought ....why not knot the pearls using a contrasting colour of silk?
So I have begun. Using a slightly heavier weight of silk, a subtle hint of colour shows between the pearls. White pearls on black, blue on green....only the beginning. Hand made clasp - a simple ribbon textured hook. One strand hooked into the next for a longer or double strand.
The new year will see time to design new clasps and a front closing pendant clasp.
I still love winding the Silk necklaces. Both pearls and silk fe
el so nice on the neck; especially in the winter. Warm.

grey pearls on grass green silk

natural multi-coloured pearls on steel silk with oxidized silver clasp

opera length Silk (shown doubled ) on dark silver silk

Off to the studio. More snow coming.

Enjoy your holidays.


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Season

It seemed time to change the image at the top of my blog once again. Though I am here in Northern Ontario I still feel attached to the home that I left on Vancouver Island, and this is where most of my photos have been taken. Though I have returned to the town where I was born, I still feel rooted to my island home. Perhaps my camera can help me visualize my attachment to the place, as it has shown me my attachment to the people here.

amazing November sky

My new studio is coming along and I am very excited about moving in. A funny old building that used to be a print shop, which is fitting considering my love of paper and the printing process. It is not pretty yet...but it will be.

A few new designs have sprung from my hands this s
eason. Here they are. The ribbon spheres are looking for a holiday party....The sideways earrings a modern twist on classic shapes which swing into view with movement. The bracelets - both oval and round in curvy shapes with a bit of "stretch" in the overlap.

ribbon spheres with iolite

sideways - iolite and amethyst

sideways - textured overlap bangle

Off to the studio....brrrrr.

Wishing you all a warm holiday season.


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Taiji Brand Group

Taiji Brand Group has a new web site and has graciously featured my site under "Work". Thank you, and congratulations on a beautiful site.
Having the support of Caroll Taiji and the Taiji Brand Group has helped me immensely. The model photo shoot still a clear and fabulous memory. Working alone in the studio most days leaves me craving creative interaction, and I certainly had a full day of it with Caroll and Nik West the photographer.
I hope that the spring will see me working with them again to update the images on the site.

Please take a look at their web site at

Along with the web site Caroll designed my product cards and my new business cards. I love fine paper and what a treat it was working with Gord Wright at Hemlock Printing.

Hiring professionals whose work you admire is always worth it.

my new business cards

jewellery hang tags

Thank you!


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Music, The Road, Rings

Larry Coryell

south of Little Bighorn Montana

Having just returned from a road trip filled with music and road food I am happily back in my studio and rings seem to be on my mind.
The drive north from Telluride Colorado was spectacular and had me musing on the need for our brains to take in new vistas and to hear new things. I have a few new heroes musically - hearing Hiromi playing with the Stanley Clarke Band, and seeing Larry Coryell were both highlights for me.
So many miles and so much to take in. I am once again charged with peoples creativity and nature's magnificence.
I wonder where this will take me?


ribbon the inch

jasmine ring - for sale at Mysteria Gallery,Regina Saskatchewan

licorice fern ring with 24k -for sale at Mysteria Gallery, Regina Saskatchewan

Friday, June 4, 2010


Spring has arrived. The gardens are beautiful.
Small leaves, jewels of garnet, iolite , peridot, amethyst and of course ...pearls. New earrings.
Pendants of outline Hydrangea or an abstract image of leaves.

Next.....bracelets. Arms warmed by thoughts of summer.

These pieces are available at Northern Lights Gallery in Thunder Bay.

A warm spring to all.


Monday, March 1, 2010

Mysteria Gallery in Regina Saskachewan

I am happy to let my customers know that Mysteria Gallery in Regina is now carrying my work. Take a look at :
A fresh presentation of fine art, fine jewellery, and fine craft in a restored heritage building on 13th Avenue.
Thank you to the owners of Mysteria ; Marlo Gebhardt and Chad Jacklin.


Friday, January 8, 2010


A few new designs; doodles and flowers.
When once it seemed that designing was the difficult part of my profession for me, now the difficulty seems to be finding the time to turn ideas into wearable pieces of jewellery.
The idea was to make a statement without the weight, the open construction balanced with gems and pearls. The enjoyment and enhancement of the wearer the ultimate function of my work.
Thank you all for fueling my passion. What fun.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year.