lizjac on Feb 3, 2017
love it so much. exactly like described, fast shipping. no problems. thank you!
Katherine on Jan 13, 2017
I have been coveting one of these necklaces for a while and jumped at the opportunity when you had your sale. Even more beautiful than I had hoped! Thank you so much! I hope your move went smoothly!
SOFT, TEXTURAL STATEMENT PIECES. Crafted in house using the highest quality natural fibres.
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 small-town Ontario, Canada 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.
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.
Born and raised in Northern Ontario, Canada, Sara is a self-taught fibre artist, designer, and multifaceted creative living and working in the Ottawa Valley/St. Lawrence region, 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 2013 with the idea of creating a unique collection of jewellery that could not only be worn, but also appreciated and respected as small works of art.
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.
Sara Kowalski 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 Prescott, Ontario, along the St. Lawrence River.
Every piece in the forestière collection is made to order in our small-town Ontario studio and ships within approximately 7-10 business 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
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
We ship all domestic and international orders via Canada Post. All packages shipped within Canada will ship expedited and include tracking and insurance.
Arrival times vary by destination and cannot be guaranteed. Please see below for estimated delivery times:
within Canada: 2 - 9 business days
United States: 4 - 10 business days
International: 7 - 14 business days for most countries, but can take up to 3 weeks
International shipments do not come with tracking or insurance. If you would like your package to be trackable, additional shipping costs will apply. Please contact us for more details.
We cannot predict, nor are we responsible, for a package taking longer than Canada Post’s estimated delivery time to reach its destination. Therefore, we cannot guarantee arrival times on international shipments.
Please note that international shipments may be subject to import taxes or duties as charged by the customs of the destination country and are the sole responsibility of the buyer. While we try to make an effort on our end to mitigate this cost, forestière CANNOT BE RESPONSIBLE for customs fees or taxes charged upon arrival and WILL NOT refund or reimburse customers for any import charges that may occur, for any reason.
You are responsible for providing us with the correct billing and shipping information. If an order has been shipped to an inaccurate or incorrect address that you provided during checkout, we cannot be held responsible.
If your purchase is a gift and you would like to make arrangements to have it ship earlier or to include a handwritten note, please send us a message or leave a note to seller with the details at the time of the transaction.
In an effort to save paper, we do not traditionally send an invoice/packing slip with your order. Should you require one, please leave us a note and we will be happy to include one.
Refunds and Exchanges
We like what we make and want you to absolutely love your purchase from forestière. In the event that you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase, we will exchange or refund unworn/unused items in their original condition and with the original packaging. Any returns/exchanges must be made within 5 days upon receipt of your order. Items without original packaging or damaged by the customer will not be accepted for return, exchange, or store credit. No exceptions.
Unless an item is insured, forestière cannot be held responsible for items damaged or lost in transit, although we understand that this can be a frustrating experience and will try our best to replace damaged/lost items.
All SALE ITEMS are final and are not eligible for exchange or refund.
All gift certificate purchases are final and cannot be refunded.
To make a return/exchange:
Please contact us within 5 days of receipt of the item with your order number and stating the reason for the return. Upon approval, we will provide you with the shipping address of where to send your package.
IMPORTANT: If you are shipping your return item from outside of Canada, please mark “Return” on your customs label.
Once we receive your returned item in original and sellable condition, we will credit/refund you the merchandise amount only. Shipping and handling fees are non-refundable.
Please note that when an item is being returned, we are not responsible for items damaged or lost in transit and therefore encourage you to ship any items for return/exchange with a tracking number and insurance. Customers are responsible for all shipping costs associated with a return or exchange.