Twists & Turns
ABOUT the Designer
ABOUT the Designer
Angela Wemigwans, Designer and Fabricator
Personal adornment is not merely accessorizing. It’s a connection, a provoked feeling, a historical leap, and a transporter of being. My work as a maker expresses and integrates history of place, people, and materials. I believe that it’s all connected….that we are all connected. The ancient Chinese believed in the Invisible Red Thread where unknown bonds could never be broken, even when twisted or separated in distance. My own cultural heritage, as a member of the Three Fires Confederacy (Potawatomi, Ojibway and Odawa) ), helps me share the stories of my culture through my jewelry. Creating jewelry is my way of sharing my culture in the contemporary world.
My jewelry is a conceptual sculpture that is architectural, organic and mystical. My energy as a maker integrates the teachings and stories as I have heard them into each treasure. They are powerful and seductive, bold forms that bridge my environment, my material and my history and the connection I have with the wearer that was meant to be experienced by the select few. I hope you will enjoy my handcrafted work and become part of my creations.
11 CURIOUS THINGS ABOUT ME
- Family is my #1 priority. I am the oldest of 8 children and have 2 adult children with children. I spend the bulk of my time with my family.
- Creating and making jewelry is my second career. Spent most of my first career in finance and management.
- When life changed I took courses to help me understand the theory of jewelry making. So I completed courses for myself.
- I love beautiful paper and notebooks but I’m not sure if I need to write on them. So I just collect them.
- I love communities and events. I attend a few events and festivals/tradeshow. Honestly, I can most likely be found at home as I’m an ambivert.
- I’m an adornment enthusiast because I believe it’s about the details. My desire is to make beautiful things.
- I love pets, not by choice but through grandchildren. There is nothing like fur love.
- I love making jewelry. For me it’s more about the process, telling a story, exploring the materials and technique, not the end result. After 10 years as a smith/maker I am just now becoming an emerging artist .
- I buy books that I never have time to read but I love to read.
- I grew up as a native american member of the Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory situated on the beautiful Manitoulin Island, Ontario.
- I grew up watching and aiding with my grandparents with their crafts, be it birchbark canoes, quill box creations, quiltmaking, knitting/crocheting and helping my grandfather by sanding totem poles. I grew up in the great outdoors by camping, maple sugar making, trapping and more. Being in the rural land is peaceful and invigorating. but I love what a city can offer me too. Now I am a homebody who needs her Peace, Partying to her own beat and creating . Feeling Fulfilled