Following my own path.
I am an artist and self-taught metal smith who has enjoyed playing with fire and hammering things since I was a child. I tried to walk the path expected of me, but that never felt comfortable or right, so as soon as I was able, I followed my own path, first as a professional equestrian trainer and coach, then as an artist and metal smith.
My studio is on my farm near a lovely agricultural town on the northern tip of Lake Temiskaming, surrounded by hundreds of miles of forest and lakes.
Every day, in every season, I am inspired by the life I see around me. The fields and trees, rivers and brooks, the animals and the flowers all inspire the things I create.
Feeling the wind in my hair and the grass under my feet every day has strengthened an innate connection to the earth. Living in an area of commercial mining, forestry and agriculture I see first hand the effect on the earth of every action we make. Jewellery making is no different. In order to minimize the impact of my actions, my studio is designed for environmentally sustainable creativity. The building itself and most of my tools and equipment are up-cycled or re-purposed. As much as humanly possible I use recycled and fair trade materials in my work.
My work follows it’s own path. Simple and organic, rustic and earthy - definitely not refined and mainstream - it embodies strength, independence, transformation, confidence.
Julie A. Brown
Owner, Maker, Designer, Doer-of-All-Things
I am an Artist and metal smith. My work explores the shapes, colours and textures of nature. With paint, found objects, metal and stone I express a deep, intuitive connection to the earth and the creatures which live upon it.
I care about every piece I create. I want my work to celebrate both nature and humanity without compromising either, and not be just a handcrafted alternative to the mass-market, sweatshop-manufactured culture we live in.
Therefore, wherever possible, I use recycled/reclaimed/vintage /free trade materials in my work, and packaging made from recycled/recyclable products.
All my jewellery is hand-made, by me, one at a time and in very limited editions. Many pieces are one of a kind. Ditto for my artwork. I create and sell original pieces of art, and also sell professionally made limited-edition giclee prints of many of those works.
Proud member of:
Whoa Horse Art Street Team! (search whoa team)
Visual Artists Street Team! (search vast team)
ACEtsy Team (search acetsy)
Unique Women in Business (search uwibteam)
Accepted payment methods
Canadian buyers may also pay by money order or cheque. Local buyers, please contact me if you wish to pay with cash.
Payment should be received within 2 days if using paypal, and 7 days if mailing cheques. If I don't receive payment within this time, I will contact you. If I don't receive a reply within a reasonable amount of time, the transaction will be cancelled.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
I normally ship within 48 days of receiving payment (cheques will need to clear my bank first), excluding weekends and holidays.
A NOTE ABOUT SHIPPING COSTS
RE: Shipping within Canada. I will ship most items as regular or oversize lettermail, but if the item is un-replaceable, over $100 or so in value or thicker than the allowed 20mm, then I must use xpedited parcel or xpresspost.
RE: Shipping cost to the U.S. I will ship most items as light packet, but if the item is un-replaceable, over $100 or so in value or thicker than the allowed 20mm, I must then use small packet airmail which includes insurance. Very large items, such as larger paintings and prints will be shipped the most cost effective way possible.
IMPORTANT SHIPPING INFO FOR ITEMS BEING SENT TO THE US
Please note that shipping to the US can take anywhere from 6 to 12 days, sometimes (not often though) even longer! I always mail your item within 24-48 hours, often times the same day as purchased. I have no control over the actual shipping times once I've mailed the package. Please keep in mind that there can be, and occasionally are, delays with US Customs since they stepped up security at the border some time ago.
I know you are anxious to get your purchase...I am just as anxious for you to get it! I do my best to mail your items fast, after that, I have no control. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Julie
RE: Shipping cost for all other International (not including U.S.) - I am able to use overseas mail or light packet for smaller items but for thicker, larger or more expensive items, I must use small packet. Both of these are for air mail. Surface takes way too long! Please note even air mail may take up to 18 days for some areas. (actually, it's usually much quicker, sometimes even less than 7 days!)
Need it faster? Contact me for a quote.
CUSTOMS & DUTIES:
International customers please remember that you are responsible for any extra Customs duties, taxes or other fees that your country charges.
If you have any questions at all please contact me.
Refunds and Exchanges
Canadian law prohibits returns on earrings, so please be sure to read and fully understand all sizing and colors as stated in the listing & contact me with any questions before purchase.
Additional policies and FAQs
I welcome custom jewellery orders and painting commissions. Please contact me to discuss your needs.
Wholesale inquiries from galleries and independent shops & boutiques are welcome. For more information please contact me through Etsy or email me: julie (at) wabibrookstudio.com
All of my art work is copyright protected. Ownership of the painting transfers to you upon purchase, but ownership of the image itself does not. Please do not copy or reproduce my images.
My website can be found at http://wabibrookstudio.com
More photos of my work can be seen on my Facebook Fan Page: http://facebook.com/WabiBrookStudio and on my Flickr Page: http://www.flickr.com/people/wabibrookstudio/