Compassion for our wilderness is at the core of my designs.
A feeling of understanding and wanting to protect what we love. Our true north, wild and free. It is an easier conversation to have, separating humans and environment. Urban vs wild.
The more interesting conversation to have, I think, 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 True North Collection celebrates that story.
Each design starts with the spark of an idea. It comes from conversations with friends, in reading up on current conservation issues, in knowing the regions we locals gravitate towards. In my sketchbook I work out the ideas, clarify the details, simplify the lines. Though the finished pendants are less than 1” across,
7/8″ oxidized sterling silver pendant hanging from an 18″ sterling silver chain
I have found that by sketching each element at least twice as big as the finished piece (and occasionally taking up an entire page in my sketchbook) the finished design retains more details and movement in the lines, even if those lines are 1mm long.
In the beginning I named these pieces after the places that sparked the idea and began my process. Each person who looks at my work sees something different, something they are drawn to, are reminded of. For me, this is part of the magic.
From a sheet of silver, I punch out three disks. 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 pieces their really fantastic depth and weight.
The hammered markings around the edge of each piece are is compass rose in Morse Code.
N S E W
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A little reminder to guide you home, to guide your heart, your True North.
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.
The durability of each piece is ensured by soldering jump rings and chain components.