Vicki Sharp combines many artistic talents to create her works of art which include both paintings and wearable bead art. Most recently, she has been working with metals to create her own unique designs. This Canada Day long weekend, Vicki will be exhibiting her jewellery collection at Artfest Kingston. She carefully crafts her jewellery using the following techniques: Off-Loom Bead Weaving, Forged and Etched & Patina Metals
Off-Loom Bead Weaving|Weaving, Forged|Etched & Patina Metals
Off-loom bead weaving uses beading needles & thread to weave beads together. Very different from simple stringing, bead weaving uses a vocabulary of stitches to ‘sew’ the beads together. Often more than one stitch is used in Vicki's jewellery pieces.
Vicki expanded her fine jewellery collection to include her own hand made sterling silver clasps and she has introduced new pieces made up of combining different metals such as brass, copper & sterling silver. Vicki etches the metals and then adds different colour patinas. She then adds the small components which are often forged (hammered) and textured. She uses ‘cold-joins’ to combine and layer the different metals together.
Vicki completed her Honours Fine Arts Degree from York University (1980) and completed 3 scholarship sessions at The Banff School of Fine Arts. She also holds a Bachelor of Education degree from The University of Toronto. Growing up in Toronto, she moved to Muskoka in 1991 and then in 2014 she moved to Prince Edward County where she works from her home-based studio near Picton which overlooks lush rolling farmland.
Price Points (Jewellery): $45 - $350
Visit her website - Vicki Sharp.