Here we wish to feature as many unique and fabulous craft and jewelry designers using sealskin as their chosen medium to display the beauty of sealskin fur, sealskin crafts and fashions.
Jennifer was born in England, and moved with her family to Newfoundland when she was 2 years old. She grew up in Glovertown, near Terra Nova National Park. After many university degrees – from the University of Toronto and Memorial – Jennifer began creating jewelry. While initially a hobby, she found she loved the whole process – from finding great suppliers and artisansto supply beads & components, to designing unique pieces, to bringing her designs to life! After some urging from friends and family that had received gifts of her jewelry, Jennifer opened her Etsy store, Rocky Isle Jewelry .
While her Etsy store focuses on jewelry made from lampwork glass, ceramic, beach rock, and gemstone beads, Jennifer began working with seal skin in the spring of 2019 thanks to a collaboration with local seal skin artisan Clare Fowler. She has sold her seal skin jewelry at the Beaches Arts & Heritage Centre in Eastport, and is currently looking to expand her seal skin jewelry line.
Her seal skin designs thus far have included:
– Earrings of multiple styles
– Pendants on stainless steel, sterling silver, and gold-filled chains
– Key chains
Jennifer is also currently working on creating her own handmade ceramic beads and pendants, which she plans on incorporating into her seal skin designs. As Etsy is an American company, seal skin sales are prohibited via her existing store. Jennifer hopes to establish Rocky Isle Jewelry as a significant supplier of seal skin jewelry for local St. John’s retailers, and will be setting up a website for her seal skin products by early 2020. In the meantime, you can contact her directly via email@example.com if you’d like to commission a piece, or to see what items she has in stock.
“My design philosophy comes from a desire to explore and challenge traditional textiles. Two of my favorite traditional textiles are Wool and Seal Fur and I feel they complement and strengthen one another and this is how and why I choose to combine them in my designs. My garments are unique. They are fitted, shaped and carefully considered to highlight the natural sheen of the fur and, ultimately, to complement the personality of the wearer. I also experiment with texture and color in my design process as it brings an edgy and interesting new element to contemporary seal fur design.”
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Heidi Wagner St. John’s textile artist and sealskin jewelry maker Heidi Wagner, grew up on Newfoundland’s south coast in Hr. Breton; where she spent her weekends exploring abandoned settlements, developing a taste for texture and found objects, digging up stories and imagining what once was. Heidi received her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2008, majoring in textiles with a minor in fashion design. Visit Heidi’s website: heidiwagner.ca
Busy Hands Arts and Crafts is an Arts and Crafts store that have handmade Seal Skin items for sale. We are located at Busy Hands Arts and Crafts, 227-229 Water Street, Carbonear, Newfoundland. We carry seal skin purses, jewellery, boot cuffs and seal skin gloves.
Michael Williams \ Wade Sharpe
Busy Hands Arts and Crafts
P.O. Box 621, Stn Main
227-229 Water Street, Carbonear, NL