MAKER STORIES // Lisa Young of Lisa Young Design
Throughout the course of my life I have always loved making things and directed that love into various mediums over the years.
After working in the financial industry for 20 years I starting painting as a outlet to express my creativity after my daughter was born. My painting career grew quickly with many solo and group shows. When the gallery i was showing with closed, I slowly phased into other creative outlets. This included the medium of Silver Art clay that allowed me to combine my love for making silver jewelry and painting. I am always making something and trying to think up new projects. My husband always asks how i sleep at night with so many ideas going on in my head! Finding new ideas keeps me engaged and excited about what I do.
My main focus now is on the current trend of recycling. This began when I was lucky enough to purchase 75 pounds of broken vintage watches and all the pieces that went with them. Starting out with small gear necklaces it has morphed into a entire jewelry and accessory line. My belt buckles are also designed with a unique mix of interesting materials and vintage postcards from the early 1900’s. My customers and friends are now eager to pass on things like broken jewelry to me to use in my designs. I have one friend who gave me 4 shopping bags of costume jewelry that was her mothers! Needless to say I love finding hidden treasures in others cast-offs.
I create each piece myself in my home studio in Riverdale. A great sense of colour and design has always been my strength and use it to make accessories that are fun, unique and fashionable. The pieces are recreated from old vintage jewelry, watch parts, discarded treasures and other findings. I love being able to give new life to discarded items.
It wasn’t until joining the Toronto Etsy Street Team 5 years ago that found a fantastic group of artisans to inspire and direct me. Up until then I had felt very alone in my creative pursuits. By being a part of a this team I learned about all the possibilities out there for makers such as myself. I started participating in various craft shows throughout the city. I loved the interaction and having one-on-one communication which customers.
The next logical step for me was to explore the retail experience. The Nooks was a great fit for my business as I already had some followers in the neighbourhood. I am excited about being a part of this group and feel I have found another supportive team as I look to expand my brand and business
I believe that buying eco-friendly jewelry from the artist is better for the environment and supports sustainability, quality workmanship and individuality. I would describe my work as eclectic with a twist on classic styling that appeals to women who embrace unique, one of a kind work.
// Learn more about Lisa Young Designs! //
Shop Lisa Young Design at the Nooks // 2038 Danforth Avenue, Toronto ON