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cynthia_archer1

cynthia_archer1

Since beginning my goldsmithing training at George Brown College's 3 year Jewelry Arts program (1997-2000), I've pretty much tried almost everything related to the jewelry making process, incuding doing a craft studio residency, working as technical support and training for a 3D modelling and machining software reseller (ArtCAM by Delcam), body piercing jewelry making (almost all parts were machined and fabricated which I really liked learning and doing), and I opened a shared work/retail studio with another goldsmith in Toronto where we taught classes, maintained a public presence, and sold work. I left Toronto for love (aw!) and now I live in Los Angeles with my husband and orange tabby named Pee Wee. I also now work collaboratively with glass artist Amy Johnson, (grad. Sheridan College glass blowing, 2000) and despite the long distance, we both agree that working together has been a re-energizing experience artistically, one we both greatly appreciate. I can't imagine making work that doesn't involve her flameworked glass, and vice versa. My work has brought a new level of finishedness (is that even a word?) to Amy's glass, and it's only now that the design possibilities are starting to be understood. But it's also meant that we are starting over, in a lot of ways. When money for travelling becomes less of a factor, we'd like to operate two fully equipped studios, one in Los Angeles, and one in Toronto where we can work together (oh that would be so amazing!), and also teach collaboratively. I am particularly interested in speaking with people who work collaboratively on a professional level, and pretty much anyone who is open minded and enthusiastic about the jewelry world in general.