GREAT WHITE NORTH EXHIBITION - CONTEMPORARY CANADIAN JEWELLERY
BEST IN SHOW - ANNETTE VANLEEUWEN
INSPIRED BY NATURE - sterling silver, beach pebbles, found seedpod, canvas, thread
Without being shown the source of inspiration for my current body of work, it would be nearly impossible to guess what exact piece of Canadian nature I had studied.
This display is a snap shot into the workings of the design process. Seedpods, like the one entitled “nature”, have been a part of my idea bank for years. To my mind
they looked like earrings. When my first creation in silver, similar to the “imitation” earring, caused a neighbour to identify the tree my earring was based on, I realized
I had failed. Although imitation can be a technical challenge, it isn’t the same as creating an original design, nor is it necessarily practical for production
work. Currently, I make a series of work, like the “inspired by” earrings, which, though very different from each other, are loosely based on aspects of the original
form. I have been inspired by nature.