Dawnings is a small craft company that specializes in creating beauty out of broken or discarded things – recycling, upcycling and repurposing things that catch our imagination into jewellery!
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About The Artist
I am a British ex pat living in Canada where the winters are long!
And after a lifetime of admiring the work of others I decided to take a few silver smithing courses, and voila, those winters were suddenly not long enough!
The Inspiration & Materials
I have whole-heartedly embraced the up cycling, recycling, and repurposing aspect of jewelry creation. I love looking at things and seeing ‘what could be’ – from a piece of scrap leather, to a computers discarded heat sink made of copper, plumbing parts, copper pipe, broken jewelry. Taking them apart, and putting them back together in interesting ways makes for a lot of fun!
The amount of waste we generate in the world is awful and if we can find ways to prevent even just a little from the landfills why not turn these broken or discarded items into something beautiful. I spend my days at a desk at a large computer company; to be able to step outside that and create something totally different is a great way to change gears.
In line with this green approach I keep my packaging to a minimal, each piece comes in a small chiffon bag that can be reused. Every little helps!
The challenge of this approach also means the collection is constantly changing – driven by what I can find. My materials come from all over -donations from friends, broken pieces that would be discarded, charity shops, flea markets, found objects. You never know what treasures can be found and repurposed. I melt down the pieces that cannot be salvaged, and recycle whatever parts can be rescued, even if it’s just a few beads or the clasps. I have family and friends on constant watch for treasures all over the world! However I always buy earring findings new. I try to focus on sterling silver, semi precious stones, and vintage pieces but hey, I end up where the muse takes me!
I keep a little book with me at all times, and sketch out my ideas or they would itch in my brain all day till I can make them reality! I have a workshop set up in my basement, for soldering, melting down silver etc., but spend a lot of time on my dining table putting the final collections together.
Dawning Custom Design
Dawnings Custom Design started one weekend when I looked about and saw I had at least 100 pieces of jewelry – necklaces, earrings, bracelets – and more in the works! A friend was over and she bought a few pieces and I thought – Etsy! And so my little company was born. I sell on Etsy and am branching out to local high-end craft fairs this year.
Contact the artist
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