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Self-taught jewelry designer Shelby Miller’s approach is simple, elegant and
modern. The abundance of nature and beauty she finds herself surrounded by day after day offer her a constant source of inspiration.

“I’m always inspired by life, whether I see it in a person, or in the
beautiful surroundings that we’re blessed to have on the West Coast – life itself just inspires me,” Miller says.

“I love being outside, mountain biking, rock climbing and
walking my dog through the endless mossy trails we find
around Squamish. I love incorporating the texture and feelings
I get from my surroundings into my work: I can create a whole
series based on a teeny little twig or leaf I find! The sources of
inspiration are…

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  • Joined October 2, 2008

Favorite materials

Fresh water pearls, semi precious stones, swarovski crystals, and sterling silver

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About

Self-taught jewelry designer Shelby Miller’s approach is simple, elegant and
modern. The abundance of nature and beauty she finds herself surrounded by day after day offer her a constant source of inspiration.

“I’m always inspired by life, whether I see it in a person, or in the
beautiful surroundings that we’re blessed to have on the West Coast – life itself just inspires me,” Miller says.

“I love being outside, mountain biking, rock climbing and
walking my dog through the endless mossy trails we find
around Squamish. I love incorporating the texture and feelings
I get from my surroundings into my work: I can create a whole
series based on a teeny little twig or leaf I find! The sources of
inspiration are endless.”

Miller’s work, which predominately features sterling silver,
brass, semi-precious stones, fresh water pearls and Swarovski
crystals, can be found in boutiques, high-end artisan shows and
markets across British Columbia. Regardless of her materials Miller’s style is always clean and minimal.

“I thrill at being able to immerse myself in the texture or shape or my subject and am deliberate about my pieces not being overwhelming. So much can be appreciated in life’s simple things. That’s how I like to make my jewelry.”

As a two-time liver transplant recipient, Miller turns to her art
as a way of demonstrating support and inspiration to people
who are going through challenging times. The ‘Liver Bracelet’ is a unique project for Miller. Through it she has been able to help raise funds to support the Canadian
Liver Foundation as well as offer inspiration to the thousands of others like her who are living with liver disease.

“Living with liver disease and having the life-changing experiences I’ve had, is what’s given me this huge appreciation of life itself. My experiences give me the unending appreciation of those little things that can so easily be missed when we get caught up in life,” she explains.

“I really noticed this when I was waiting to get on the list for my second transplant. I was told it most likely wouldn’t happen and had accepted that. I spent what I thought were my last weeks just watching people, taking it all in, absorbing everything I could. What I noticed most was how much we miss when we’re rushing through life – whether
it’s just the look on a child’s face, or how we interact with people in passing, so much seemed to be missed.”

“Waiting for my second liver transplant was the most profound time for me in my life so far. Aside from these shells we have as bodies there are so many beautiful spirits out there to appreciate in every single person we meet, every day. I just find life beautiful and don’t want to miss anything.”

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