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A peek into another side of me – Roxy

As you all know by now, one of the things I love to do is design and make jewellery; however, that’s only one of the ways I choose to express my creativity and I thought today I’d share with you another.

I’ve always loved fashion, particularly shoes, but really the whole picture has always appealed to me. Putting together an outfit from accessories to the dress to the shoes, how to do my make up and hair. I enjoy the process.  I also happen to be lucky enough to know a few very talented photographers who love me dearly and were quite keen to help me out when I proposed to them we do a photo shoot together.

My first shoot was an afternoon picnic with Ashely Green last Spring in Edmonton. We had lots of fun together. I then shot with my cousin’s wife, Kristen Lebel, in Winnipeg last August.

Kristen Lebel Photographer
Kristen Lebel Photographer

After I moved to Winnipeg this winter, the owner of The Foxy Shoppe, Pamela, asked me if I would be interested in modelling for her boutique. A pinup/rockabilly boutique? Oh. Yes. Please! I was quite excited.

Dano Tanaka Illustrator
Dano Tanaka Illustrator

Since all these modelling opportunities surfaced, I decided to create a fan page on Facebook for my modelling to keep it separate from my regular self. As all models for the Foxy Shoppe have a “fox” related nickname and because I’ve started training as a fire performer, I opted for the name FieryFoxRox! Please feel free to follow my page if you’re interested in seeing more of what I do in the future!

Since then, I’ve had the pleasure of working with her in-store photographer, Dano Tanaka, on a number of pinup-styled shoots for the boutique. You may remember him from our Vintage by Drakestail Jewellery line photos because he shot all of those for us! Here is a recent image for The Foxy Shoppe featuring our soon to be released triple strand swarovski peark design under our Vintage by Drakestail label!

Dano Tanaka Illustrator
Dano Tanaka Illustrator

I’ve also done two more shoots with Ashley Green. The first was a modern take on Little Red Riding hood shot in a wintery snow covered forest. The most recent was very conceptual – we discussed dark, sad and somewhat angry. It was a lot of fun!

Photos With Ashley
Photos With Ashley

I also recently shot with Jamey M, from Edmonton. Jamey is a good friend of mine and this was our first collaboration together. We rented out the historic Garneau Theatre in Edmonton and I posed as a marionette. I really like the single spotlight effect he created with lighting as it make my shadow really stand out.

Jamey M Photography
Jamey M Photography

Each shoot is very different and I’ve really enjoyed working with all 4 of these talented photographers. I look forward to sharing more with you this Spring as I have a few other shoots in the works! 🙂


Finding Inspiration

Inspiration.  It’s what drives us artistic types.  It’s food for the creative soul.  With it, our hands tremble in anticipation of taking an idea, a design, a thought, and making it into something concrete.  It drives the tools in our hands to do spectacular things.  Without it, art feels soul-less, bland, common.  With it, anything is possible.

Every artist, artisan, writer, creator of any type needs a muse.  The beauty of inspiration is that it really stems from the eye of the beholder.  Take, for example, nature.  Nearly all of the artisan shops and blogs that I’ve seen recently describe their creators as being “inspired by nature.”  That may seem like an unimaginative answer (especially when you see it over, and over, and over again), but consider: not only is nature vast and varied (glittering frozen tundra, delicate orchid petals, towering ancient redwoods, backyard butterflies, a heart-stopping close encounter with a whale), but we all take away something different from it.  Each person’s experience depends on the details their eye picks out, the parts of the experience most meaningful to them.  This, to me, is what makes the creative process so fascinating – seeing how people take their inspiration and turn it into their art.  What do they see?  What is their experience?  What part of that experience inspires their minds?  What other people take away from an experience isn’t necessarily the same thing I do.  The gnarled roots of an old tree inspire my Tree of Life pendants, but may evoke something different in another artist.  Or they may evoke nothing at all, the tree-viewer instead focussing on the cardinal up in the branches, mind racing with flittery crimson ideas.

I find inspiration in a variety of places.  Ideas often come to me at the dog park, walking on a quiet trail with my dogs off and exploring, where I can clear my mind and let ideas steal in.  I get inspiration from reading about other creative people.  I love to think about other people’s processes, how they collaborate with others, how their ideas can morph into something unexpected.  I particularly love reading biographies of creative people.  I just read Pete Townshend’s “Who I Am”, and found myself considering aspects of my wire-wrapping process and coming up with techniques to try out.  He’s a musician, I’m a jeweller, but he still got my creative juices flowing.

I challenge you to consider the things that inspire you.  It doesn’t matter if you’re an artist or artisan, if you do crafts or scrapbooking or write stories or just daydream.  What are the things that get your mind racing with ideas?  Is it a place?  A person?  An event?  What gives you inspiration?

Happy New Year from Drakestail Jewellery!

Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!

The new year, and celebrations to ring it in have always played a huge part in my upbringing. My family has always valued ringing in the new year together. I have many fond memories of childhood gatherings in my grand-parents’ home. As I’ve aged and moved, I’ve spent many a new year with friends instead and I value these memories as well.

Here’s to you and yours this first day of 2014. Robyn and I wish for all of you to have joy, success and health.


What “silver filled” really means: jewellery term explained

We are extremely proud of our Vintage by Drakestail line.  Our first design set includes the crystal-based Swarovski pearls, and our signature stardust bead in sterling silver. The clasp and hardware are all quality silver filled parts.

What does “silver filled” mean?

You may be asking, what does silver filled mean? You’re probably familiar with the term “sterling silver” and the .925 stamp that usually accompanies it. The .925 represents the purity of the metal: 925/1000 parts pure silver, and 75/1000 other metals. You are also likely familiar with jewellery that is silver-plated, which has a thin layer of silver layered over another metal.  Silver filled jewellery is a happy medium between the two.  Instead of a thin surface layer of silver, silver filled materials have a much thicker layer that won’t wear away under regular use.  The thick layer makes the metal non-allergenic as well.

silver plated and silver filled wire
A comparison of silver plated vs. silver filled wire. Image courtesy

Silver filled materials are relatively new to the market, though gold filled materials have been available for years.  Silver filled jewellery has the benefit of the gorgeous shine of silver, but at a fraction of the cost.  Sterling silver has become quite expensive and silver filled jewellery provides great value for a high-quality product.  With the cost of silver still on the rise, this new form of jewellery components will likely grow in popularity.

We’d love to hear your experience with this great new material.  Have you purchased silver filled jewellery before?  If so, how has your experience been?

What a week! Giveaways, photos, and more

We’ve had quite the week!  For starters, we finally reached our goal of 100 items in our Etsy shop.  To celebrate, we’re giving away a $25 gift certificate for our Etsy store.  Sign up for the giveaway and you could be our big winner!

We had the fortune this week to have some of our jewellery professionally photographed by Dano Tanaka.  He does beautiful work, and made our jewels sparkle!

Agate leaf necklace

We’ve also used the gorgeous photography as an excuse to do a little redecorating.  We’ve got new banners up on Etsy, Facebook, Twitter, and even our site here.  These feature a great new photo, and our new logo.  We love the clean, distinctive look.


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