Tooth and Nail is a series of jewellery inspired by found objects, namely teeth and nails.
One of a Kind
All of these items were created at different times and they reflect those times for me.
I often make one offs, but unfortunately I don't often photograph them before they head off into the world.
The fox ring was conceived while living on the outskirts of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. After seeing many red foxes roaming the area while walking my dog, I began to draw and paint them. I was moved to carved a very detailed wax for the ring and promptly forgot about it for two years. When, in 2011, I was starting Angela Grace Jewelry, I found the fox wax and decided to cast him. I cast two and immediately had a long waiting list. He has remained my most popular item to date.
My fox ring is in the collections of international celebrities such as Rossy de Palma and Mayim Bialik. Film director, Wes Anderson, was gifted a pair of fox cufflinks in sterling silver as well as bronze during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival. These were designed as a tribute to his interpretation of Roald Dahl's classic story The Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Ancient Wounds was developed from a fossilized shark tooth I purchased at the Gem and Mineral Show in Parsborro, Nova Scotia. It's a beautiful grayish blue with wonderful contrasting textures. This tooth made me think about the ancient shark it came from and the surprising length of a shark's life, the wounds the tooth could inflict.
Joan of Arc
This is the first commercial series I designed. I had no access to fire so I created a series of rings that didn't require any. Just one cold connection holds the entire piece together.
Christina the Astonishing
Christina the Astonishing is my sister and my photographer. It is also the name of a Saint and a song by Nick Cave. These works have been designed with my sisters in mind.
Sinners and Saints
Sinners and Saints is a body of work created during an Artist's residency at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design in 2011. In this series I explored the concept of polar abstractions such as good/evil, beauty/ugliness, sinner/saint that shape our perception of the world. The irony is that these "absolutes", created by our individual experiences, must exist entirely in the muddy area between black and white.
Bibliophile I came from my intense love for books. Conceptually, Bibliophile I would allow a person to carry around tiny contained books at all times. Ironically, I consider these works unwearable gallery pieces.
Each book contains a story I wrote and illustrated dealing with the concept of time. Each piece opens by unscrewing tiny nuts and bolts, freeing the tiny books which can then by enjoyed by employing the magnifying glass.
This series was hand constructed in silver, leather, paper, amethyst and gold.
Bibliophile I was awarded the Circle Craft Award and was exhibited at the Circle Craft Gallery in Vancouver, BC in 2010.
Bibliophile II was created as a tribute to Bibliophile I, furthering the idea of unwearability due to the materials and techniques employed. It also functions as a nod to the preciousness of books felt by many. By deconstructing vintage books to create these works I had to come to terms with my own reverence for books - before creating this body of work I would never even dream of marking on the page of a book let along cutting out the pages!
Hand constructed in paper, silver, glass and 24k gold.