Compassion for our wilderness is at the core of my designs.
A feeling of understanding and wanting to protect what we love. It is an easier conversation to have, separating humans and environment. Urban vs wild.
I think the more interesting conversation to have is of the human connection to our northern wilderness. Here in BC, wedged between the mountains and the sea, we are not so far removed. There is no distinct line. Our history is entwined with this coastline and our livelihoods depend on our natural resources. We are part of the story. The Porthole Collection celebrates that story.
Each design starts in my sketchbook. Three discs were punched from a sheet of silver. From these I cut the cityscape, the moon, tiny trees, waves, a whale tail and mountain ridge lines with my little saw. The layers are soldered together using traditional goldsmith techniques. This is gives the piece a really fantastic depth and weight.
The hammered markings around the edge of each piece are is compass rose in Morse Code. N, S, E and W. A little reminder to guide you home, to guide your heart.
Each piece is finished with a black patina that I remove by hand, creating a shaded effect. I find this adds a really interesting contrast and brings out the details.
All jump rings and chain components are soldered to ensure integrity of the piece.