I’ve had a few shows already this year and it’s only the beginning of March! My next one is the U of T Pow Wow on Sunday March 11 2018, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Details are on the poster. Come and enjoy the traditional dancing and drumming – the wonderful regalia is reason enough to come. Come to my booth and see my jewellery!
Happening this weekend! Nov. 18 & 19 at 765 Queen St. East at the Ralph Thornton Centre just east of Broadview. From 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, 18 brilliant Indigenous artists and artisans. Check out our Facebook page for more info about the artists and their work. Admission is $5.00. Everyone Welcome!
As a photojournalist, I am very conscious of stories, the need for stories, the comfort and understanding and excitement that can come from a story, especially a well-crafted one. All of the jewellery I design and make has stories. The stories may come from the sourcing of the stones and other components, the designing, the making of the piece, or what inspired it in the first place. People will ask for the story and I’m happy to share, most frequently unprompted. This is one of the special things about getting one of my pieces.
I’ll post some photos next time and I think I’ll start posting some of my stories in this blog.
What an amazing time I had at the World Indigenous Peoples Council on Education conference held in Toronto last week! Indigenous people from all over the world and I was so fortunate that Blue Dawn Jewellery was accepted as a vendor at the conference. And so fortunate to meet many of the 3,000 delegates – Indigenous people – from all over the world. My designs have gone off to the four directions and that is thrilling beyond belief. Australia, Hawaii, the Arctic, Labrador, New Zealand, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Colorado, Michigan and more. I didn’t get photos of everyone wearing pieces they bought, but I did get some.
Ammonite fossil pendant on ebony wood with turquoise accent beads. I’m wearing a double strand wood necklace with coral bead accents. My necklace can also be worn long.
A closer look at the extraordinary pendant and the beautiful Maori woman who took it home.
This beautiful woman took home a necklace with faceted rose quartz and sterling silver pieces on sterling silver chain. It suited her perfectly.
A closer look at the necklace that she was wearing to the gala dinner and closing ceremonies at Fort York that evening.
This gorgeous and very striking piece made with Kyanite and sterling silver has gone to a very good home in St. Catherines.This piece was, by far, the show favourite. So many people came to visit it on a regular basis and were completely astonished that the pendant was a fossil that I had wire wrapped. There is what looks like a feather on the fossil and it’s a completely natural design – I did not etch it. I wrapped it with sterling silver wire and hung it from sterling silver chain and buffalo horn beads with a sterling silver clasp in the front. The pendant can be removed and the necklace work on its own or with another pendant. It will have an extremely good home in New Zealand.
I’m so grateful that I had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful Indigenous people!
April 25, 26 & 27 at the Toronto Sheraton Hotel on Queen Street West. I’ll be there from 7:00 am until about 4:00 pm with lots of gorgeous jewellery, some made by me and some made by Native American artists from the US southwest. Anyone is welcome to drop in and shop in the marketplace even if you’re not registered for the conference! The necklace below is one of my pieces – turquoise drops on vintage brass chain.
The amazing Indigenous & Ingenious is back November 19 and 20 at 765 Queen Street East, at the Ralph Thornton Centre, 2nd floor. Eighteen amazingly talented Indigenous artists and artisans will be there from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday, showing off and selling their wares. Paintings, beadwork, leatherwork, gemstone jewellery, stained glass and lots more. Shandra Spears Bombay will be singing with her hand drum, and Suzanne Smoke will be cooking up a storm in the kitchen. Suzanne will be using traditional Indigenous ingredients like buffalo meat and Indian corn to cook up food typically sold at Pow Wows. EVERYONE IS WELCOME! Admission $5.00.
Blue Dawn Jewellery will be at the Artisans Gift Fair on Sunday December 13th from 12 noon to 6:00 pm. I’ll have lots of newly designed pieces to fit all of your holiday gift shopping needs. You might also want to pick up a little (or big) something for yourself. Turquoise, moonstone, labradorite, rose quartz, sterling silver, vintage brass chain, wood, tagua nut – all lovingly combined into unique, original creations by Anishnawbe jewellery artist Barb Nahwegahbow. The Gift Fair is located in the Tranzac Club at Bloor and Brunswick in the heart of the Annex.
Blue Dawn Jewellery will be at Fort York’s Frost Fair in the Visitor’s Centre from:
December 5@10:00 am – December 6@4:00 pm
Fort York celebrates the winter season with a Frost Fair. Imagine yourself back in the early 19th century where the local Christmas Market was one of the social and shopping highlights of the year. Come to the Visitor’s Centre where Blue Dawn Jewellery will be showcasing and selling unique, original, Aboriginal jewellery designed and handcrafted by Barb Nahwegahbow. Regular admission to Fort York applies.
I’ll be set up with my jewellery at the Cando National Conference for 3 days next week – from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. I’ll be on the 2nd fllor, near Churchill Court. There’s quite a large Trade Show, but they have only 6 artisans. I’m at Booth #A5 – Blue Dawn Jewellery – and I have some great new pieces I’ve been designing. Lots of bracelets and earrings. Plus, I’ll have some Southwest turquoise jewellery too, a nice little selection.