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Jewellery – Scenic Route
As a goldsmith and jewellery designer, Monique is always looking for new ideas to challenge her talent to create one-of-a-kind designs working in gold and silver with diamonds, gemstones and pearls specializing in re-designing old jewellery into Storytelling pieces such as her Family Tree pendant /bracelets.
The jewelry I create combines my deep love of beauty and history. In selecting the various elements that I bring together in a necklace, bracelet or belt buckle I am also choosing to connect and incorporate ancient and unusual materials from around the world. I love the challenge of designing something around an unusual stone, bead, button or found object. I have studied Hopi and Navajo silver smithing techniques and I bring that experience to the pieces I create. My work reflects my upbringing in the Southwestern United States as well as my travels in Mexico and Guatemala.
My work consists primarily of beads, hunted for and gathered from around the world. Strong cords join antique beads while fine thread sews tiny seed beads together in miniature works of art.
Dichroic’s are where Creativity meets Science…
All of our pieces are made with glass that has Titanium Oxides & Quarts Crystal embedded in it… This causes the finished piece to sparkle, shimmer, glitter & shift in color. All of the colors are made up by the amount of titanium deposited on the glass.
I love to incorporate pattern and texture into each of my pieces whether it comes from the stone, pattern in the metal or granules that I add to each piece. I love the idea of layering several patterns and textures together to see the harmony they create. This sense of design combines contemporary with the best of ancient techniques delivering pieces that are commanding when viewed, dramatic when worn.
I’m in awe of the natural world….its colours, patterns, textures — even its flaws. My work strives to convey the beauty I see in nature. Find out more about my work at www.littlemagpie.ca
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