Born in Toronto, Joanne’s family moved to North Bay when she was very young. As with
most northern Ontario children, playtime was outside time, and outside was lush wilderness,
beautiful lakes, and winding country roads.
Over the years, Joanne has explored a plethora of crafting pastimes. Macramé in the
70’s, dough dolls and lampshades in the 80’s, then woodworking and furniture refinishing
in the 90’s. Early in the 2000’s she took an interest in beading and a passion was
Joanne’s first taste of jewelry making was when she received a semi-precious stone
chip bracelet from a friend who had brought it back from St. Martin. She wore it
as it was for several years and loved it. Then one day she thought, ‘wouldn’t it
be pretty to bling it up a little with the addition of some sterling’. So off to
a jewelry supply retailer she went and $80 later (oops!) she was hooked.
From simple beginnings Joanne launched into exploring the world of the jewelry artist.
Through research and study, accessing material written by masters of the craft, Joanne
worked to develop her own artistic style. Delving into precious metal fabrication,
she learned to design and create pieces that spoke of her appreciation for God’s
creations. As a result, Joanne’s designs show both uniqueness and a well rounded
coverage of the processes of jewelry making. If asked what is most important to her
about what she creates, she would tell you without hesitation, ‘design and workmanship’.
“Art is abundant in nature. You only have to look…so much texture, colour, and form.
Contrasts and compliments are everywhere. This is what I endeavour to bring into
my designs. Each piece is an expression. I love to mix things up, with both natural
and man-made mediums; pairing fine sterling silver with roughly textured stones;
hammering silver to add a contrary element. Whether the design is whimsical, bold,
or classic, our preferences reveal little aspects of our personality, that of both
the designer and the wearer.
For me each element; stone or bead, has its natural setting, its place in a design
that will compliment its artistic potential. It takes time to work out the design.
It’s like defining an appreciation, it becomes tangible.”
Art & Crafts Shows
Artist’s Garden, Callander ON, Summer 2011
City Streets Tour, North Bay ON, Fall 2010
Luminato, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto ON
Island Soul, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto ON
Blueprints Jewelry Design Studio, North Bay ON
Pearls Inc. 158 Main Street W., North Bay ON
Wire Art Jewelry Magazine, Artist’s Gallery, June 2008