Jewelry Nuggets at One of a Kind Show
Burried amongst hundreds of artisans and craftsmen at the Toronto One of a Kind show, are 4 jewelry artists that are worth a visit - it took a little digging to find them but here they are - my “best of” if you will.
Always on point, Michelle has grown into a pillar of Toronto fashion jewelry community and you can never get enough of her bold pieces. I love that they move on the body, make a little noise and take you back to the place and time where the components are actually coming from. Michelle searches high and low for unique pieces and then assembles them in the perfectly balanced necklace, earrings…
When she is not doing shows she can be found at her Distillery District atelier.
So this was a tough one to resist because Isabelle’s rings are just gorgeous - and as you might know, large rings are my style signifier.
They are raw, powerful, and unmissable. Love the mix of brass and silver, polished and rough, wrapped around the finger in different fashions. Even the pearly ones have great volume. Isabelle is based in Montreal but her website is worldwide - go visit.
A clever use of Japanese rice paper to create volumes for this collection. Japanese paper is suprisingly strong and yet always gives an impression of great fragility. The pieces weight near nothing. Theresa works with precious stones and makes bespoke pieces. I’d love to see a piece with precious stones and rice paper. You can find Theresa’s jewelry at the AGO if you are the kind that does not buy jewelry online.
Dawning Collective - “artsy jewelry for cool people”
And let me tell you, these two are very cool - great sense of humour and a homey, Canadian feel to their pieces. Fancy putting an air plant in your necklace? Isn’t this a riot? Jamie likes fairytales and things that make her happy - she will tell you that she can’t bake but she sure can make lovely jewelry. They have a fantastic collection of charms on their website. Here is the magpie necklace - just the name makes you happy.
The One of a Kind show is at Exhibition Place until Sunday December 2 - take the time to go and support local artists - we don’t always have to fly across the world to find beautiful stories to wear.