Hello, I’m Marilyn. I have been creating jewelry for about 10 years and although I am mostly recognized for my work with seed beads, as with many artists, I enjoy creating in more than one media.
My ‘artist in residence’ studio is based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and during the summer at the cottage in Bala, Ontario in beautiful Muskoka. I exhibit and sell my jewelry through select craft shows. Like and follow me on Facebook for notices of upcoming shows.
I started off as self-taught and have since taken many courses from some amazingly talented artists both locally and in the United States. I work to create and amuse myself, but I also enjoy learning new techniques.
Some of my work utilizes leather, wire, and fine crystals, pearls and sparkles while others are chunky and African themed. I try to design each piece of jewelry as if it were the only one I ever made. Each item is unique and one-of-a-kind, although at times, a similar theme will repeat itself, just like in nature.
One of the things I find enjoyable about being an artist is the reaction I get when someone enjoys my work. It is a special thing to be able to share a piece of yourself. There is something special about things made by hand that cannot be duplicated by machines. That is what is so unique and wonderful about handmade.
Lately Copper has been my metal of choice both because of its colour and beauty as well as its price, which makes it more affordable for most of us. The copper work is often adorned with semi-precious gemstones and is hammered, wrapped or woven into a wirework piece.
From time to time my attention will turn to painting as it continues to be a source of personal satisfaction, and so I have added a painting section in the Photo Gallery just for fun and hope you will find them interesting and entertaining!
This is truly a labour of love for it takes its toll on my hands and eyes, but there is a great feeling of accomplishment when the item is completed. My goal is that my jewelry brings as much joy to others as it does to me, and I hope that my work will be worn and appreciated for years to come.
I hope you enjoy this site and I look forward to sharing my creations with you.
A Local Customer Says….
Jan B, Burlington, Ontario – Marilyn has such a knack with jewelry especially when you ask her to make something distinct for that special occasion. Custom design work is right down her alley.
Wendy K, Milton, Ontario – I have purchased several pieces from Marilyn and my friends always compliment me on my exceptional finds. Marilyn’s collection of gorgeous one-of-kind jewelry suits all occasions.
Nancy B, London, Ontario – I love my necklace and matching bracelet. They look exactly like the photos and were delivered quickly. They have quickly become my favourites and the ones I wear over and over again. The jewelry is both original and beautiful.