Born and raised in Bruce County, Ontario, I have always enjoyed working creatively with my hands. It was during the summer 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’. I am largely self-taught with the exception of courses in lamp-work and metal work.
Rachel Joy VanRooyen – (Kincardine, ON)