We recently caught up with local jewelry artist Johanna Brierley to learn more about her inspired pieces that grace our jewelry displays. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Johanna’s fascination with jewellery can be traced back to a childhood spent rummaging through her grandmother’s jewellery chest. From an early age, she developed an enthusiasm for found objects and a curiosity about the various ways in which an object worn on a body interacts with the body itself. Whether she’s discovering shiny, unusual shapes of glass and stone along the beach or scouring antique markets for objects with a unique past, Johanna’s work is informed by her passion for collecting and her eye for the exceptional and the unexpected.
Johanna’s designs are becoming recognized as unique and timeless pieces of jewellery inspired by lucky stones.
What are lucky stones, you might ask?
Lucky stones have naturally formed holes and are believed to be symbols of good luck. As a child, Johanna made numerous jewellery pieces incorporating lucky stones only to discover that over time, the real stones would crack and break. It wasn’t until studying Jewellery Arts at George Brown College in Toronto that Johanna was able to solve her dilemma of the breaking lucky stones. After learning the processes of holding and lost wax casting, she now turns her lucky stones into silver and gold, giving the natural shapes strength and durability. Johanna now works at her home-studio in Winnipeg and hopes to share the luck she has found through her pieces of jewellery.
What’s her favorite part about designing jewelry? Having an outlet for her creative thoughts and ideas, meeting people and hearing their stories, and seeing how jewellery can connect people to each other and to themselves. Johanna now creates custom work from making engagement and wedding rings to molding and casting client’s own special lucky stones. www.johannabrierley.com