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.
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.