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Toronto is a mecca for design, especially when it comes to fashion and jewellery. Many talented makers and artists are not necessarily front and centre in the mainstream limelight. Etsy is not only a wonderful place for local artisans to showcase their work but also a brilliant platform for online shoppers. Here is a roundup of ten Toronto-based jewellery makers found on Etsy.
An alternative use for copper pipe pieces has been found with Knots and Pipes! This industrial brand uses everyday hardware parts and, by using hand-craftsmanship, turns them into head-turning statement pieces. It’s a minimalist style with a less-is-more type of attitude. Knots and Pipes’ owner and designer merges skills inherent in her rural Ontario upbringing – crocheting and sewing she learned from her mother and grandmother – with the industrialist influences she’s experienced since moving to the big city.
Bright and colored enamel is the main medium behind Torched Studio. With a pair of the beautiful yet simple studs, they will be sure to add a pop of color to any outfit. Handmade enamel bowls are also available by this artist who has chosen to use enamel instead of the more common paint and canvas to express creativity.
Edgy and raw describe AnastassiaSel, with a distinct nature influence. Each unique piece is made from antiqued sterling silver and accented with other materials like tourmaline, rose gold, or oxidized brass. Anastassia has always had an aptitude for fashion design throughout her entire life, having dabbled in visual arts as well. Currently, she is focusing on jewellery.
The art of Japanese origami is very easily evident in all of the jewellery created by FoldIT Creations. While traditional Japanese paper is not used in all pieces, the meticulous details and folds that are required in the original art form are showcased. Most items are made with sterling silver. Gavin, the artist behind FoldIT Creations, has traveled extensively around the world to places in Africa, Asia and Central America. He is artistically interested in exploring the area between beautiful and grotesque.
Many intricate handiwork details are seen in every necklace made by Tether and Flow. Mixes of materials from pearls to brass to rope are used in the creations. The inspiration of the underworld is the theme for the jewellery. Don’t worry, as getting wet is not a requirement to wear the pieces.
A love for nature and expressing both masculinity and feminism are the driving force behind Keme Jewellery. The intense detail does not go unnoticed in these copper and clay works of art. Some of the pieces are more subtle, while other pieces are more elaborate with colour and additional materials being used. Wearing one of these pieces will certainly be a conversation starter! Mel, the artist behind Keme Jewellery, has been working with metal clay for two years and finds gratification in every step of the process in creating all of her pieces.
The inspiration for The InspiredI comes from nature. Think natural stones pendants and stone stud earrings. The pieces are imperfect, which make them perfect. Nikki truly finds inspiration from nature’s raw form when taking her dog for a walk or unwinding in the countryside with friends and family.
Many of Slashpile Designs unique pieces tell a story when both parts are combined together. The bicycle cufflinks form a complete picture when put side by side. In addition, a fun BFF necklace can be shared with a pet. Twin sisters Tara and Courtney are the artists of Slashpile Designs and aim to create beautiful, yet meaningful, pieces.
Inchxinch emulates a utilitarian and purposeful feel. Frills are spared here, but a clean and crisp look is achieved with the nuts and bolts hardware used within the design. Who knew that washers could look so stylish? Marcella created InchxInch as a way to showcase her self-taught jewellery-making skills with her lifelong hobby of crafting with hemp.
Simple, understated and subtly edgy – this perfectly describes the necklaces and bracelets made by Mimiekiki. Think dainty chains and stones, with the occasional ‘FU’ at front and centre. They layer perfectly with other jewellery pieces or look classy and tasteful all on their own. Basic materials are used yet achieve a polished look. The artist of Mimekiki wears many hats in her life including mother, student and artist.