Everyone has their own type of art and creativity within themselves, and for me it’s making jewelry. I look for inspiration in everything when I’m starting a new piece; from working on unfinished designs, seeing something I really like, or just looking through all of my materials and dreaming up what I could create. For me, creating art has always been a relaxing outlet and a wonderful way to spend the long, dark winters in the North.
I create using a variety of different art mediums: polymer clay, metal clay, recycled materials, beads, wire and various metals. Enameling is one of the newer forms of jewelry that I’ve been trying, and I really enjoy it. Enameling itself is an experiment, as the mixing of colors can be quite varied, and it’s always exciting to see the finished product. The accomplishment of finishing a piece has always been one of my favourite rewards when creating art.
I think being creative and artistic is definitely a different way to go about things. It’s crucial to have a creative outlet in life, and very important to offer it in schools and make it available for younger people. I think, especially in the North, that people show a lot of their different cultures through the arts, and it’s always inspiring to see pieces derived from their background and history. I have big plans for the future, including a larger work-shop and many new tools to be able to create the type of art I want to, and I’m always aiming towards those goals with every new piece I create.