Yes. I Did It!
I actually got myself ready for The 11-day Aboriginal Pavilion Arts Marketplace starting Thursday July 16 at 11:00 a.m. at Fort York. I astonished even myself. I worked till 12:30 last night, got up early to finish off the last little bit of pricing and I was on-site at 9:25. Five minutes early! Loading tons of stuff into the van, stopped off at 7-11 only to find it surrounded by crime scene tape, took a detour to Tim Horton’s, feeling anxious and excited. I am Booth #1 with wonderful shade provided by lots of trees, lots of green grass and terrific neighbours. My friends Germaine and Charles who sell hot sauces and preserves. The show will be even more fun with them next to me. The festival will be absolutely spectacular – lots of music, dance and beautiful things to buy, hand-made by Indigenous people. All authentic. Here are more samples of what I have to offer at the Blue Dawn Jewellery booth – all designed and hand-made by me.
Turquoise – What Else?
This beauty is large and not for the faint of heart. Large turquoise rondelles and I mean large. I’ve added hand-made Navajo vintage sterling silver beads as spacers. This has a sterling silver toggle clasp. You can wear it with your most glamorous red carpet outfit or keep it casual with jeans and a favourite white T.
Three Turquoise Necklaces
The three necklaces below have heishi which is shell, cut and drilled into quite small beads. All the turquoise I use is real turquoise – there is a lot of fake stuff around especially now when turquoise is so difficult to get. I buy from reputable suppliers and if they tell me it’s turquoise, I know I can rely on their word. I’ve used sterling silver hook clasps, hand-made, on all these pieces.
This shows the detail of a necklace made with carved turquoise flowers. They are just incredible. To compleet the turquoise, I used Tourmaline beads as spacers and finished it off with a sterling silver clasp.