I am a graduate of the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (now a university) here in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I was a school teacher for 17 years, the last 15 of which I was fortunate enough to have spent as a high school art teacher. So, I was very lucky to have had two absolutely fun jobs that challenged me in all of the right places.
Over the last few years, Specimental grew to be such a job that I could no longer stay in the teaching profession: jewelery designing and making, along with my three young children, called for all of my time. Teaching, sadly, had to go. I now work full-time in my home studio, designing pieces, metalsmithing, stone setting, providing customer service, photographing pieces, packing, and shipping my pieces around the globe.
All of my pieces are fabricated, which means they are cut and forged by hand from sheet, tube, and wire. I work in all colours and karats of gold, as well as sterling silver and platinum.
I am most excited about my work when I am coming up with custom pieces- please feel free to get in touch with me about your ideas.
Where to see me:
I was featured in Vancouver's biggest arts and entertainment weekly, The Georgia Straight: http://www.straight.com/life/515221/rough-cuts-and-hand-tools-jewellery-gets-real
I am really honoured to have been one of 60 women featured in Marlo Thomas' new book, 'It Ain't Over... Till It's Over', found here: http://books.simonandschuster.ca/It-Aint-Over-Till-Its-Over/Marlo-Thomas/9781476739915
Etsy has published two articles about me, my family, and my work... Read them here: http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2012/featured-seller-specimental/?ref=fp_featured
and here: https://www.etsy.com/blog/news/2013/supporting-her-family-with-her-own-two-hands
See my jewelery on Lise Watier 'Something Sweet' Model Jessica Kruger- October 2013 SAD Magazine
Recently, my work has been published in the Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/26/unique-engagement-rings-_n_2026179.html
Also, I was in the June 2012 issue of Canada's most popular fashion magazine, Flare.
As well, you can see my work in Etsy's 'Finding The Ring' promotional video: http://www.etsy.com/blog/weddings/finding-the-ring/