Rachel Joy VanRooyen, Handcrafted Jewellery
About the Artist
Born and raised in Bruce County, Ontario, I have always enjoyed working creatively with my hands. It was during the summer of 1994, when I was 16 years old that my mother, hating to see me sit around being bored, bought me a book on making jewellery out of polymer clay. From there I progressed to making beads out of paper. Soon I was twisting and hammering wire, firing clay and dying and painting wooden beads. In 2010 I established my own in-home lamp-working studio so that I would no longer be limited to the glass beads that were available by other artists. Now I could make my own!
Today I am proud to offer a colourful and unique line of jewellery that I like to refer to ‘Mixed-media Wearable Art’.
What is important to me as an artist?
My designs mainly focus on colour, texture and balance. I carry six separate colour groups at a time. I change my colours twice a year to keep my line fun and fresh for myself and for my customers.
It is important to me that my pieces are practical. My jewellery is durable and light-weight. My earwires are sterling silver or gold-plated, depending on the colour group, so they are safe for sensitive ears.
I am largely self-taught with the exception of courses in lamp-work and metal work. In 2000, when I was 24 years old, I decided to take a break from my jewellery business and go away to school. I enrolled at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario for Hospitality Management. The course was geared toward starting and running one’s own hospitality business. I enjoyed it very much but in the end I decided to go back to making jewellery. The business courses included in the program have been a tremendous help in maintaining my books and making important practical decisions.
I am involved in up to thirty art and craft shows across Ontario each year. See a full listing of my of current schedule under the coming events tab at the top of this page or click on the 'Shop' heading at the top of the page to choose from a selection of my work for purchase online.
GOALS FOR THE FUTURE
I am always evolving as an artist. Learning new skills fills me with a sense of pleasure and anticipation. I look forward to taking new directions with my designs.