forestiere

fibre based jewellery & art objects

Vancouver, Canada

Top shop for gifts.

Buyers bought gifts from this shop and gave them 5-star reviews!

Announcement    We're slowly saying goodbye to some of our well-loved collections and have marked select items on SALE (10-30% off) in limited quantities while supplies last.

Every piece we sell is MADE TO ORDER in our Vancouver-based studio and ships within 7-14 days (not including delivery time), allowing us to focus on quality craftsmanship.

Read our featured shop story here: https://blog.etsy.com/en/featured-shop-forestiere

www.forestiere.ca

Stay connected. Sign up for our newsletter to receive occasional updates and special offers: http://eepurl.com/vmXfj

Follow us on instagram: @sarakmaclellan

handcrafted in Canada / fait à la main au Canada

Announcement

Last updated on Nov 27, 2018

We're slowly saying goodbye to some of our well-loved collections and have marked select items on SALE (10-30% off) in limited quantities while supplies last.

Every piece we sell is MADE TO ORDER in our Vancouver-based studio and ships within 7-14 days (not including delivery time), allowing us to focus on quality craftsmanship.

Read our featured shop story here: https://blog.etsy.com/en/featured-shop-forestiere

www.forestiere.ca

Stay connected. Sign up for our newsletter to receive occasional updates and special offers: http://eepurl.com/vmXfj

Follow us on instagram: @sarakmaclellan

handcrafted in Canada / fait à la main au Canada

Items

Etsy automatically translates most text on the site to your preferred language.

See in original language

 
No items listed at this time

Etsy automatically translates most text on the site to your preferred language.

See in original language

Sara K. MacLellan

Contact shop owner

Sara K. MacLellan

Reviews

No reviews in the last year
See reviews that mention:
Loading
Loading

About forestiere

Sales 155
On Etsy since 2011

Rooted in sustainability, crafted with intention.

THE COLLECTION

Rooted in the northern landscape and a desire to cultivate a mindful lifestyle, forestière is a small collection of fibre-based jewellery and art objects designed by Sara K. MacLellan. Carefully crafting each piece by hand in our Vancouver-based studio with a focus on sustainability, we strive for the highest quality in both our details and materials, using natural fibres, plant-based colours, wood, and ceramics with minimal hardware. Allowing the materials we work with to guide us, our goal is to make beautifully crafted objects that articulate a vital connection to the natural world while also offering a fresh, modern aesthetic.

All collections are produced in small quantities on a non-seasonal, ongoing basis throughout the year.

Read our featured shop story here: https://blog.etsy.com/en/featured-shop-forestiere


THE PROCESS

Our studio practice is characterized by an organic, ethical approach to jewellery and art making that emphasizes sustainable design and responsibly sourced materials in an effort to minimize waste and environmental impact. We design and craft each piece in the forestière collection in-house with great care and attention to detail, combining modern and traditional textile techniques such as weaving, braiding, rope making, hand wrapping, knotting, and natural dyeing, and using only the highest quality natural fibres. Guided by an interest in materiality, composition, and slow design, our process is intuitive and embraces experimentation, improvisation, and natural imperfection. With every piece of jewellery that we design, we endeavour to create an item that will be cherished as much as it is worn, allowing the beauty of our materials and craftsmanship to shine through. Produced in small batches, all designs are limited edition or one-of-a-kind.


THE DESIGNER

Born and raised in Northern Ontario, Canada, Sara is a self-taught fibre artist, designer, and multifaceted creative living and working in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, where the northern landscape of her childhood continues to influence her art practice.

Sara’s work is uniquely informed by her scholarly background in the visual and liberal arts: she is currently a PhD Candidate in Art History at McGill University in Montréal, and holds both an MA in the History of Art, Design, & Visual Culture (2010) as well as a Bachelor of Humanities (2007). Craving a more visceral, handcrafted experience, she established forestière in the Ottawa Valley in 2013 with the idea of creating a unique collection of jewellery that could not only be worn, but also appreciated and respected as works of art, before moving her studio to the west coast in 2017.


OUR PHILOSOPHY

forestière is the feminine form of the French forestier, meaning both n. forester, a person who works in and cares for the forest, or adj. forest, in the sense of “of the forest.” Our design sensibility and philosophy are derived from the natural world, which in Canada is largely defined by our expansive forest regions. We feel a great responsibility to the land we call home and are committed to low-impact, environmentally conscious techniques and processes, incorporating sustainability and integrity as core values guiding everything that we do. Invoking a timeless, artful expression, forestière speaks to an ethos that extends beyond style or trends to our way of living in the world.

Our philosophy is simple. We believe in a thoughtful, honest approach to design—one that celebrates timelessness, good craftsmanship, artisan handiwork, quality materials, and ethical and environmental responsibility. We believe that the art and objects that a person chooses for their life should be a reflection of these kinds of values and aim to encourage a mindful approach to buying by creating beautifully-crafted quality pieces that have timeless appeal, unrestrained by trends or seasons. We design for a customer who believes that the comfort, beauty, and design of the accessories they wear have real power to affect the way they feel and move through the world, and who seeks a personal connection to their purchases, favouring sustainably made products with stories behind them and that contain a palpable sense of their maker.

Shop members

  • Sara K. MacLellan

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    I am an art historian, writer, fibre artist, & maker. I grew up in the rugged terrain of Northern Ontario and currently make my home in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, surrounded by the stunning Coast Mountains and Forest.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 23, 2023
Thank you for visiting!

Every piece in the forestière collection is made to order in our Vancouver-based studio and ships within approximately 7-14 days. You will receive a Etsy shipping notification once your order has shipped. If you have a time-sensitive order, please contact us to see what our current lead time is before purchasing.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Visa Mastercard Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits

Returns & exchanges

See item details for return and exchange eligibility.

Cancellations

Cancellations: not accepted

Please contact the seller if you have any problems with your order.