Studio

TINY FINERY: ARTISTS AT WORK

Tiny Finery is a space that allows its owner Stephanie Menard to create, share and sell her artistic work. Her wee shop carries handmade jewellery, ceramics and gifts from a variety of local artists. Tiny Finery has a jewellery studio in the shop which allows customers to see the process that goes into making each piece. The shop also holds evening and weekend classes!

A favorite activity of mine as a child was to dress up in my grandmother’s vintage clothes and jewellery pretending I was a character in a British mystery program. She had an extensive collection of art nouveau brooches and costume jewellery. This led to a lifelong fondness for jewellery, textiles, and who-dunnits. My designs remind the wearer of a time when the delicacy and reverence of hand crafted workmanship was the standard. This is reflected in the processes and materials I use. My jewellery is made from both traditional and innovative materials. I use vintage fabric and gemstones in my work in tribute to my respectful fascination for the past and my desire to rescue cast-offs.Vivid colour from carefully selected fabrics and patinas enrich my work and enhance the wearer’s independent personality. Sterling silver is hammered and cleaned. Patina is applied and altered to further create texture. Gemstones are added to compliment the simple, elegant design.

I graduated with a diploma of Fine Arts from Langara College in 2002 and then went on to receive a diploma in Jewellery Art and Design from Vancouver Community College in 2004. When I’m not at Tiny Finery I work from a home studio creating graceful and unique jewellery.