Concrete is a wonderful, hard neutral , unprecious material with a real presence . And it can be successfully adapted to jewelry. Here at Part Crow Studio in the heart of Old East Village in London Ontario is where I create unique concrete jewelry. Also produced in studio is the cremation & unique wearable art line which consists of sterling silver and semi precious stones and other finds from the four corners of the globe.
Part Crow Studio is a shop by appointment studio with flexible hours to cater to clients time constraints and needs. This also allows for a personal shopping experience that offers the following...
Jewelry Sales in studio and online.(Giftwrapping in studio).
Repair & Restringing
Refurbishing of Preloved Jewelry (I am the only studio that repairs costume jewelry in London).
Custom & Bridal
Occasional Sales of Bead Strands & Findings
Cremation Jewelry Line
Call Colleen @ 519 434-5764 to book your in studio appointment today. I am located steps from the Western Fair farmer's market.
Part Crow Studio Designs can be found at the following locations
The Eclipse Art Gallery @ The Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville Ontario
Main Street Gallery @ 4 Bayfield Main Street in Bayfield Ontario
The Mystic bookshop @ 612 Dundas Street London Ontario
The Muse Shop @ 421 Rideout Street in Museum London Ontario
The Village Collective Art Gallery @ 46329 Sparta Line in Sparta Ontario
The FAB Market @ The Pace on Alexander Street in Vancouver B.C.
Part Crow Studio @ 865 Queens Ave. London Ontario
The Shop Online link at the top of the page will take you to my online
In 2006 after an injury that left me wheel chair bound for a few months, I was given the greatest gift by someone who believed in me. My amazing "M" said while in that chair I want you to think about what you want to do with your life and I will fully support you and your idea.
That is when Part Crow was hatched and incubated. The journey has been one filled with many unexpected things. Some of them wonderful and some of them devastating.
Today here I sit with work in two of Ontario's finest galleries as well as our own city art gallery, along with giftshops and retail spaces. Opening and running my own shop by appointment studio in our home to cater to my own valued and loyal clients.
A new very much welcome opportunity has come my way and Part Crow is very excited to become a long distance member of the creative family at The Pace in Vancouver. I am so very happy to be working with such amazing people.
1. I put a lot of thought and work into designing and making my products. This may seem obvious, but when you ask me “How long does it take you to make one necklace/ pair of earrings/ bracelet?” the answer (if I answered the way I would like to) might be something like this: “Well, I studied/experimented for six years, then invested in setting up a studio and paying for raw materials, and for each new product I spend months developing and testing new designs, eventually settling on a prototype that I will spend countless hours making, often in batches rather than one at a time. I am constantly developing new products while I continue to produce my bestsellers. How long did it take me to make this necklace/pair of earrings/ bracelet? Ten years.”
I know, of course, that many people are curious about my processes, I am happy to tell you about how I work and where my ideas come from. I am very glad that you’re interested. But if you are trying to judge the value of an object by the amount of time it takes to make a single one, then you are missing the point of buying handmade.
2. It’s not cheap, but it’s worth it. When you factor in the costs of materials and the time and effort it takes for me to develop and make my products, it’s no wonder they cost more than many factory-made products. But direct comparison doesn’t make sense – poor quality inputs, exploited workers and overseas shipping cost us in different ways. Most of us need to spend our money carefully, but if you can afford to have even a few handmade products , I think you’ll agree they’re well worth it. When you factor in the value of high quality materials and workmanship and thoughtful design, these products are likely to last you for many years and bring you more joy, giving you great value for your money.
3. Sometimes it hurts. I and many of my maker friends are hard at work right now finishing up production for gifting, galleries and shops. It’s not a hobby; making 200 pieces of jewelry is a lot harder than making one! And all of this repetitive work can take a physical toll. It’s an amazing feeling to use your own hands to bring your designs to life, but it can also hurt. Backs, arms, hands and wrists, my most valuable tools, suffer when I work too hard. But during the holiday season when I need to maximize our sales, it’s hard to slow down. My products are created from a mingling of thought, creativity, and physical labour, and I want you to know that I put a lot of effort into making them special.
4. I love my customers. But you really need to know it: when you buy my work, visit me at Part Crow Studio, follow my progress online, and share your enthusiasm with your friends, you are helping the handmade economy to thrive. That means the world to me (as well as my suppliers, contractors, retail stores and sales staff). You are not only helping makers support their families, you are also helping to support a way of life that is holistic, environmentally conscious, and connected. Knowing who made your things is a pretty special feeling, but knowing who’s wearing and enjoying my creations is pretty special too.
5. Makers are trying to make the world a better place, just like you. I want to live in a world where workers aren’t exploited, a good life is affordable, and everyone has a chance to thrive. I know I am lucky to be able to make a living in this way, despite the challenges.
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