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Posted by on Sep 14, 2016

Here I am, welcoming you to my workshop, featuring my unique wire-drawing machine. Pendant on display is currently not available online - coming soon. Necklace is Fiddle Styx.

Here I am, welcoming you to my workshop, featuring my unique wire-drawing machine. Pendant on display is currently not available online – coming soon. Necklace is Fiddle Styx.

When clients come to visit me at my studio in Toronto and I show them all the equipment in my workshop and give them a “demo” of how I make the jewellery, their eyes light up and then they have a better understanding of how I do what it is that I do. Knowing that is why I have decided to share through this blog what it’s like to be a creative entrepreneur.  This is my version of artistic passion in the real world of running a business.  

Every month I will post something that gives you a snapshot of where I’m at and what I’m doing.

This is the place where I will give you a glimpse into my world of wire: wire that I manipulate into interesting, complex chains.  Some are old, traditional patterns that are public domain (which means you can find instructions on how to make them in many online places). That said, I’ve never gone to any of them.

My fascination starts with trying to figure out how to make and put together old historical pattern designs that have survived the test of time.  

Sometimes I come up with my own pattern – even name it myself – only to discover that it has existed for many centuries. How do I know this? Well, I take it to a show and some “chain head” (my pet name for guys or gals who write code as their day job, but are DIY “chainmaille heads” in their spare time) comes into my booth and says “Oh look, she does the XYZ pattern”.  Oh well, no harm done: I just head back to the studio to play and invent the next “new” pattern.

When I do get it right, and it is truly my own unique pattern, it is incredibly satisfying. But even when I don’t, and compare my pattern to that “original”, it’s never exactly the same. And that’s enough for me to embrace the pattern as my own and keep my design name for it.

By definition I am an “unusual” artist.  

I’m kind of a cross between an artist and engineer who is blessed with great “spatial relations”.  I make all my own jump rings with the equipment that I have built over the years with my mechanical engineer, Ian Bigham.  

I have no employees – just lots and lots of experimental equipment that helps me get my work done.  I control all the equipment with my two hands (and sometimes my feet!) and then I design and build all the jewellery patterns. I actually “see” them in my head and then transfer that image to the wire.

 Here I am in my creative habitat. All the machines you see here are unique to my needs and my jewellery. Contact me to arrange a visit here.

Here I am in my creative habitat. All the machines you see here are unique to my needs and my jewellery. Contact me to arrange a visit here.

I have been on this amazing  journey since 1992.

I won’t bore you with my credentials and details of how I got here.  Want to know where I trained, go to my About Lisa page.  It doesn’t have all my history, but gives you enough to go on.

Over the years, I have been asked many times how I do this or that, what inspires me. So, this is the place I’ve chosen to give you a glimpse of some aspects of my work – where you can live vicariously as a chainmaille artist through my eyes, hands and heart.

So welcome.  Come and join me here each month.  

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My featured piece for this post. 

My signature piece “Oval Love Knot Bracelet”

My signature piece “Oval Love Knot Bracelet