If the light is right and the wind is blowing softly, the lake sparkles like it's dancing with stars. Other times it is calm as glass, reflecting the grays and greens of the shore, rocks and
birch trees. On a hot summer
day it reflects the blue of the sky with bright flashes of the sun.
Somehow, Labradorite captures all of these colours and is the perfect stone to represent the water and the sky.
In the Muskoka region of Northern Ontario, natural beauty is everywhere. This land is a part of my soul,
and it is from this that I draw my inspiration.
Because my family cottage bay is bordered by cliffs and forest, there is a lot of shoreline to explore. Very often I would swim out to the far shore of the bay and perch on a huge boulder under the overhang of trees. The forest was at my back and overhead, stone below me and yet I was also in the water. It was, and still is, a magical little world. On the opposite shore there is a tree that is completely bare, its branches curve beautifully and dip in the water.
In my branch-inspired pieces, I have tried to capture the meeting of these elements.
There is a huge pond along the road that leads to the family cottage. As a kid, my Dad would have me say “hello” to Kermit as we passed and I knew that our arrival at the cottage was only minutes away. The pond was always filled with water lilies as far as the eye could see. It's a wild, unreachable place that remains a mystery, and I have always been struck by the gracefulness and elegance of the lilies amidst the riot of the northern Ontario scenery.
My Grandma always placed a cut water lily and a leaf in a glass bowl on the cottage table. Just like the flowers in the pond, the lily would close at night and open in the morning. I loved seeing that lily every morning; its beauty and simplicity have always been a source of inspiration for me.
Built by my Grandfather and Great Uncles 54 years ago, the family cottage in Muskoka has been host to many happy summer moments for generations and is the foundation of my inspiration. The cottage is on a bay with only three other cottages, all still owned and enjoyed by the same families that built them.
Returning to this memory every year, roaming the woods, playing mermaid and sitting on the rocks under overhanging trees shaped me as a person and as an artist.
It is a calming, beautiful, serene, bright place and I capture the essence of Muskoka and my memories in my handcrafted jewellery.
an Inspirational view
The bird in flight is my personal
logo and represents the inspiration
of the beauty of Muskoka and its transformative nature not only
artistically, but emotionally and
This desgin is exclusive to Take to the Sky Jewellery.
BIRD IN FLIGHT
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