Arte Facts Jewels
Jewelry is one of the most graphic indicators of personal identity. Suspended on the body it helps define the individual wearing it. The necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings, brooches and pendants worn by people contain powerful clues about the eras, traditions, habitations and societies in which they lived. Today, jewelry continues to express what is meaningful to us. The 20th century and first two decades of the 21st century are especially rich in ‘studio jewelry‘. Studio jewelry, which is always handmade, can celebrate process and provide an alternative to fine or costume jewelry, but it can also harbor deeper meanings – concepts beyond jewelry’s usual function as decoration, commemoration, or talisman. Studio jewelry exists at the crossroads of art, craft and design, often reflecting aesthetic concerns, theoretical doctrines, political agendas, or popular trends. Most studio jewelry is either unique or produced in limited edition. It can be fabricated from precious metals and gemstones, created from materials outside the norm, or both. Studio jewelry may be easy to wear or present tactical challenges. Whether it is considered technically, stylistically, artistically, or metaphysically studio jewelry makes a compelling adornment.
Meet Alfi Elden
Meet Alfi Elden
Alfi recently completed a degree in Visual Art at Emily Carr University in Vancouver, focusing on the design and fabrication of jewellery. Alfi loves designing and fabricating jewellery from precious metals and semi-precious stones. She finds it fulfilling and greatly appreciates that jewellery pieces can be small and wearable yet valuable both emotionally and materially.
Alfi has lived in Lillooet since 2010 and loves it. She appreciates the diversity of the population, the affordability of work space and the close proximity to the wonderful natural environment. The rivers, creeks and waterfalls, most of which are only a few minutes drive or a pleasant half hour walk away are an amazing local treasure. "I like to look at the clouds over the river, cycle to the Old Bridge, swim at Seton Lake, set up my tent at Cayoosh Creek campground, walk in local natural places and spaces, visit with friends at my place or theirs, and eat fresh apricots and grapes from my garden," said Alfi. "The residents of Lillooet are very supportive of local artists, artisans and producers," said Alfi, "and the local markets are a social occasion."