key necklace by Ashley Winnington-Ball
I love what I do… I meet the most incredible, talented people who inspire me and make me appreciate all of the effort and dedication that go into being an artist or designer in Canada. What I especially love about what I do is hearing the behind the scenes story of how and why artists bring their visions to life.
I first met Ashley Winnington-Ball about five years ago and was impressed by her unique approach to jewellery design. Her ability to transform rusted metal, industrial, salvaged and antique items not only reduces the carbon footprint but re surges these found objects into true pieces of art. Her eco-conscious designs give us some of the most original jewellery I have ever seen, and when you wear one of her pieces, you also make a statement to others about your aesthetic and your values. Ashley is so passionate about her art form that she was chosen to be part of Sarah Slean’s Recessionista tour, where the songstress donned recycled garments and accessories and donated these items to help raise funds for the David Suziki foundation. “To me, it’s about seeing things in a new light, seeing beauty where it might not be obvious or traditional. And ultimately, it’s about resourcefulness, preservation and creative living.”
Ashley’s work is featured in the National Post, ET Canada, Toronto Living and Blog T.O. Her following continues to grow and her dedication to her work is stronger than ever. You can find Ashley’s work at Shopgirls Gallery Boutique at 1342 Queen Street West.
Michelle Germain, owner/curator of Shopgirls Gallery Boutique, showcases over 80 Canadian artists and designers in her Parkdale shop. This 1800 square-foot creative and retail space features one-of-a-kind and one-of-a-few designs from emerging Canadians and also boasts carrying the biggest selection of Yoga Jeans in Canada.