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ARTIST OF THE MONTH
Every month we introduce you to one of our consignment artist. There is no salt and pepper, we reveal the rawest story on our artists' creative journey. How they met and fell in love with jewellery? What inspired them and how? What was the making process like? What are the tips on being a successfully established jewellery artist? Keep an eye on our Facebook page every Tuesday for latest update on our featured artist!
|01-Dino Giannetti||02-Carlos Soto||03-John Carnes|
|04-Deborah Vivas||05-Janis Kerman||06-Petra Luz|
|07-Jesper Jensen||08-Dominique Audette||09-Bande Des Quatre|
|10-Bayot Heer||11-Christine Dwane|
Artist of the Month (4): Deborah Vivas
May 23, 2017
Into the jewellery world
Although she was born in Montreal, Deborah spent most of her early life into adulthood in Caracas, Venezuela where her parents call home. While on an urban landscape field trip for architecture school in 2001, she stumbled upon a small jewellery school and decided to try a class. Deborah was fascinated, and two years later she was busy creating small sculptures out of copper, bronze, silver and gold, had a solid understanding of alloying metals, as well as gem setting. What began as a hobby soon became her passion!
Deborah is now based here in Toronto living with her life partner, one feisty cat and two adventurous dogs. Together in their free time they enjoy hiking and canoeing in their favourite place, Algonquin Park!
Every piece of Deborah’s starts with a sketch, which may then evolve into a paper model depending on the complexity of the item. Once she is satisfied with the design, she moves from the drawing board to the bench, where she uses recycled metals – fine 24 karat gold, fine silver, pure copper and mild steel – to create each piece. The contrasting histories and different applications of these metals make them Deborah’s go-to materials!
Sustainability, mining, proccess
Deborah’s pieces have an industrial feel with an organic look – the perfect combination of raw and elegant. Although the technique of fusing metals is widely used in the jewellery trade, it is her choice of metals and the way she mixes them that make her collections unique in the industry. She focuses on balance, structure, wear-ability and the right proportions of each design from sketch to finish.
Deborah gathers inspiration from the world around her; people, nature, feelings, a random conversation, or rain drops on a windshield. For her, inspiration for the next piece of jewellery can be found anywhere. When we asked Deborah to share a few of her favourite jewellery designers with us, she told us that her list is far too extensive to name everyone, but a few that came to mind included contemporary artists Helfried Kodré, Daniel Brush and Kevin Coates.