Small batch jewelry made by hand in a blend of metal, marble, acetate and polymer clay.  Clean lines + modern minimalism with feminine style.

Handmade

Inspired by the clean lines of modern architecture and it's opposite:  the free form of nature, I am a self taught, multidisciplinary artist living and working in beautiful Royston on Vancouver Island.  Originally from Cortes Island and raised by artisans, making jewelry brings me back to my "grassroots."  I enjoy going out to my little studio, with it's creative vibes, and losing myself in shapes, colour and texture.  My main mediums are metal, marble, actate and polymer clay.  I have an overwhelming love of brass due to my love of midcentury design...it seems that midcentury design drives my creativity.

 

The artistic process of a design can vary from visualizing, drawing, forming, testing and often reshaping to the material just becoming what it is.  Each of my pieces are designed by me and made by hand at my home studio and no two are alike.

Values

A theme carried throughout all areas of my life is clean living, from growing as much of our own food as possible, to building a non toxic, eco friendly home, to living chemical free.  That same theme has been carried over into my creating.  I am very careful to use pure metals, non toxic cleaners and natural finishes (most pieces are left nude without finish).  Paired with quality workmanship, my jewelry can be worn with confidence.  Little in my studio goes to waste so it is not uncommon to see off cuts of metal or clay strewn about the work bench.  They often spark an idea so it is also not uncommon to see those off cuts turned into prototypes and partially finished inspirations scattered about the rest of the studio.  Sometimes they become a part of my One + Only collection."

"The saying it takes a village can easily be applied to what I do as it is truly a family affair. From Nan + Papa (who tirelessly provide childcare), to Dad (who endlessly gives hands on assistance), to Mom (who constantly listens to new concepts), to Husband (who supports every crazy dream and idea and comes to every Market), to Son (who is so well behaved and always willing to give an opinion).  I cannot do what I do without them.

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Email: dm.grassroots@gmail.com

Phone: 778-585-2525

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"Design creates culture.  Culture shapes values.  Values determine the future."  Robert L. Peters