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To introduce myself: I was born on the island of Malta and had all the resources a fathers workshop studio could provid. My fathers passion was primarily fishing and then the making of all things possible. So at an early age I had access to a large variety of tool and equipment. At the age of 18, I moved to Canada to pursue an education and career in jewellery making.

Soon after landing there, I feel in love with sculpting, switched schools to attended The Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) which changed my world radically. From a traditional perspective- to a conceptual ones ,where the power of ideas was presented to me as a medium. By my late twenties felt very alienated by those ideas as much as I admired those in who did. The tactile nature of making was gone, so I returned to jewellery making as a way to integrate myself threw feeling. I was introduced the writing of Jane…

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  • Born on October 5
  • Joined July 26, 2009

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About

To introduce myself: I was born on the island of Malta and had all the resources a fathers workshop studio could provid. My fathers passion was primarily fishing and then the making of all things possible. So at an early age I had access to a large variety of tool and equipment. At the age of 18, I moved to Canada to pursue an education and career in jewellery making.

Soon after landing there, I feel in love with sculpting, switched schools to attended The Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) which changed my world radically. From a traditional perspective- to a conceptual ones ,where the power of ideas was presented to me as a medium. By my late twenties felt very alienated by those ideas as much as I admired those in who did. The tactile nature of making was gone, so I returned to jewellery making as a way to integrate myself threw feeling. I was introduced the writing of Jane Roberts who channels Seth. These writings changed my life radically. From them I picked up this notion that in essence we were a "feeling tone" So form being feeling and the amplification of that feeling being tone. My jewellery become a tool of expression where no questions were asked , as it was jewellery! Utilizing techniques from ceramic slip casting ,I evolved my large hollow cast silver. But of note are my Hand bracelets a design which was my first design in Canada and has kept me in good steed and allowed me to explore various mediums larger and more experimental pieces.

In my late thirties, having pioneered large hollow cast silver jewellery, I felt the need to incorporate color in my work. I distinctly remember visiting a ceramic exhibition in Toronto and craving their use of color. Soon after, a wonderful opportunity arouse to move out to the west coast of Canada and work and live with the family of Thomas Mc Phee, one of North America's foremost gem carvers. Gem carving then became an integral part of my work.

As time will have it, by my mid-fifties, having experienced loss the reassessment of life's values . My passion to create was gone. Being self motivated I was concerned to find something that would excite me ! I remember quite distinctly visiting some friends and began carving their local sandstone, and boy! could I feel the universe serge threw my veins again, leaving no doubt as to my now path.

Stone carving has become a passion in the renewal in what it means to create. I have always considered myself first and foremast a designer, utilizing what ever medium would suite a project. So it has been about a world of ethics ,form. The personal is a whole new medium that stone provides and I also have to conclude Marble more so.

Jewellery is still integral to my life, as I love design. My mornings are spent basking in the new forms that the internet can provide. Currently exploring new forms threw forging the metal as apposed to the hollow cast. A return to my fathers forging!.

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