My friends called me 'Barsi' in East-Berlin, Germany, where I grew up. I moved to the 'West' less than a year before the wall came down. At that time I didn’t know how much fun it would be making jewelry. Thrown into a new world I only heard bad things about – capitalism – I studied and graduated with a Law degree which didn’t seem to be enough.
Moving to Canada in 2007 and living the life of a baker showed that my hands could be quite useful but the buns had to be a certain size and shape – I wanted to be more creative.
Since then I have studied Schmuck-jewelery making with Martinus Studio on Salt Spring Island, Andrea Roberts Design in East Vancouver and First Nation Artist Corrine Hunt from Alert Bay.
I love what I am doing now, making jewels from silver and gold, sometimes stones and exotic wood, while strumming one of my 4.5 guitars.
The material can be very inspiring and some times it is something else – something that draws you back for a second look. Simplicity, a humorous appeal and function play important roles in my pieces.
I work with metal in much the same way as a musician improvises on a melody. A guitar pick pendant fuses my two loves of art and music in one wearable piece of jewelry. I use sterling silver to minimize the color and give a simple elegance that focuses on the composition and the design elements.
You don’t have to be a rock star to be groovy and you definitely don’t have to be a guitarist to wear one of these one of a kind silver guitar picks.
For rings, such as engagement rings or wedding bands, I choose subtle materials and forms. It is a reminder that what they have together is precious.
"All my creations are originals, hand crafted with care, soul and heart. "
Sandra currently resides in Vancouver, BC with her partner Corrine Hunt and their daughter Kayleigh.
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