Busy! Busy! Busy!

Could this Fall be any busier?

Biindigen Festival – September 28, 2013

This weekend, Saturday September 28th, I’m at Sutton for the Biindigen Festival at the Georgina Art Centre and Gallery (where my jewelery is now for sale!) where I will have a booth with my jewellery.

Muse Fashion Show

Next week, I’ll be in beautiful wine-making Niagara Region where my jewellery will be featured in a fundraising fashion show hosted by Muse. The venue – Casablanca Winery Inn in Grimsby – is a gorgeous place. Incidentally, Nestje, Muse’s sister shop is now carrying my jewellery. The stores are located at 4673 Ontario Street in Beamsville.

For tickets to the Fashion Show that supports three excellent causes, phone: 905-563-4872. Do it now because tickets are going fast for such a fun and fashionable evening. I’ve donated a necklace for their Silent Auction and you can see that if you go to my last post. I know for a fact that Muse and Nestje Owner and Manager, Pat Van Es is working late into the night to make sure the fashion show is just right and meets her standards of absolute perfection!

Indigenous & Ingenious Christmas Show – closer than you think

Jason, Naomi and I along with the latest artist to join our team – talented visual artist and canoe-maker, Mike Ormsby – are getting ready, set to go for November 23, 2013 at the Gladstone Hotel. It’s a one-day show and if you come to Studio 207 on November 23 between the hours of 11:00 am and 7:00 pm, you will find some pretty spectacular things and four very nice artists.

Here’s Mike with some of his work:


Mike was doing a show at Liberty Village in Toronto when this photo was taken on September 14, 2013. Mike who is Anishnawbe (Ojibway) is originally from Curve Lake First Nation but in now Toronto-based. Primarily a visual artist, he works in acrylic, oil, digital and graphic design and he also works in wood, making canoes (!), tikinagans (cradleboards), snowshoes and custom furniture. As if that wasn’t enough, he also carves antler, stone and wood.

 Naomi Smith is always busy beading. The only time she’s not beading and working hard at perfecting her craft is when she’s driving or when we’re having lunch at Ravi’s on Queen Street West in Toronto. It seems she and I are always making excuses to meet in that part of town just so we can go to Ravi’s! Naomi was one of the featured artists at the Vancouver Olympics.

Here are some of her delightful beaded strawberries below:

These little berries make fantastic and unusual gifts for Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries and really, just about any occasion you can think of, even a non-occasion.





Jason Jenkins is becoming quite a force to be reckoned with in the Toronto arts and culture scene. He’s a brilliant photographer but that’s only one of the things he does so well. He’s also an entrepreneur, arts administrator, videographer and curator. His curatorial debut was Red Runners which opened at Toronto’s Well and Good Gallery June 2010. Red Runners was subsequently re-mounted at the Bata Shoe Museum as part of the programming for Planet IndigenUS in 2012.


This is Jason with some of his famous shots of Idle No More flash mob round dances. This work was show at the GAZ Gallery on Gerrard Street in Toronto earlier this year.




Then there’s me! Jewellery designer and writer. Blue Dawn Jewellery. I am really proud to be associated with such talented (and nice) artists like Jason, Mike and Naomi. There’s always a lot of laughter wafting out of Studio 207 on the second floor of The Gladstone Hotel on show day.

 Here is one of my pieces, all vintage except for the oval ring clasp and the quartz. The rose is celluloid, and the locket opens up and has room for two photos (you and your sweetie?), and the chain is vintage brass.








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