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Twisted Fern Designs

Victoria, founder of Twisted Fern Designs, is a metal and fibre artist based in Sooke, BC. 

Growing up in North East England, she studied History, Heritage, and English Literature before pursuing a career in Heritage Research and Stewardship. 

In 2014 she swapped the rolling hills of North Yorkshire for the temperate rainforest of BC’s central coast. It was during her first winter in the mountains that Victoria learned to crochet and quickly became totally hooked. Adding to her passion for 19th Century Arts and Crafts Movement, she delved into the world of lacework and fiber art.

In 2017 Twisted Fern Designs was born. The first pair of earrings were crocheted with reclaimed Canadian linen, using a doily pattern from a thrifted magazine dating back to the 1960s. As the designs evolved, recycled cotton and linen were upgraded to recycled Sterling and Fine Silver. 

“Living in the world’s largest coastal temperate rainforest afforded me a unique insight into what it means to live closely with, and in defence of, an environment under threat. I created Twisted Fern Designs knowing I wanted to provide an alternative to fast fashion and mass production, using my art to spread awareness; to protect the beauty and limited resources of the natural world.”

Leading a creative life that has a positive environmental impact is so important to her. Making jewelry that is individual, ethical, and sustainable is her dream. 

Since her relocation to Sooke, Victoria has loved being part of the local art community, taking part in the Sooke Fine Art Show, Coast Collective Art Shows, Fashion Splash, and Victoria Eco Fashion Week.  

 Process 

 Inspired by Irish lacework patterns dating back to 1836, each piece has been individually designed and hand crafted using hand tools and high quality Eco Silver.

A form of crocheting, this process produces a lace-like appearance. Knotting the silver wire in such a way makes the finished product very light, flexible, and durable; a modern reimagining of a timeless heritage craft. When I sit down to create I usually sketch out my idea then turn the drawings into a geometric pattern, resembling a crochet chart, to bring to life in Silver wire. For more complex designs, I will often create a prototype in cotton to test the pattern. I find it really connects me to the heritage of the craft and makes me appreciate those who paved the way all those hundreds of years ago.’ Victoria, Owner/Designer

 

The .925 Sterling and .999 Fine Silver used to create these unique designs is 100% reclaimed, giving each one a new lease of life as a long lasting piece of wearable art. 

All chains are 18” long and made in Wales from antique sterling silver cutlery. Ear wires are made in the US from recycled sterling silver. 

Each piece is crafted using antique hand tools, in a woodland studio that is working towards zero waste.

 Why Recycled Silver?

 Metal mining is one of the largest polluters of land and water supplies worldwide.

Recycling sterling silver is an effective form of resource management. Silver is a great conductor and does not corrode. Due to this, it is used widely in many household appliances such as refrigerators, TV's and microwaves, as well as in medical and industrial machinery. 

Recycling silver from these sources decreases reliance on known pollutants. 

After many months of searching I found a great supplier of 100% recycled silver in the US. 

After 2 years of searching I finally found an amazing manufacturer of Recycled Sterling Silver Chains made in the UK from antique cutlery.

All of my jewelry's components are made from recycled Fine (.999) and Sterling Silver (.925) recycled from and manufactured in North America.