Ironic fact: the word for jewellery in Spanish is "joyeria."

To meet her is to love her and you'll have the same feeling about her jewellery, too. Read on to learn more about Joye and her business. Chew even more fat on the Chat, Talk & Gossip page.

 

What did you do before you became master of all things wire and stone?

I worked for the TD Bank, a dental lab, the Red Cross, a liquour store and a local grocery chain before I finally was able to pursue my dream of becoming an artist.

 

How did you move into designing jewellery for a living and what keeps you at it?

My husband built me a home studio and suggested that I apply my artistic talents towards whatever felt good. Of all things, I began sewing Advent calendars for my first craft fair! This didn't work for me - too much effort, not enough return. I moved on to stained glass and tried incorporating stones into the designs. Soon I was applying my soldering technique to Quartz crystals to create jewellery pieces. The jewellery pieces were a huge hit at my next show the following year. At this point I made the switch to wearable art and haven't looked back. I love that many women like to adorn themselves in my jewellery.

 

Any notable influences?

A couple that I met on a Hornby Island, BC trip 20 years ago, sold me a box of quartz crystals and started me along this path paved with stones! They suggested I visit a place called Quartzite, Arizona. I went; there I met a wire wrapper named Carol Dickenson from Georgia. I was fascinated with her work. After returning home, I decided that I wanted her to mentor me in the art form and so my future began.

 

Can you name a turning point for your business and designer profile?

This is when I opened Stone Art Gallery in 2003. I no longer had to be by myself in my home studio, working all alone! Now I had a place to show off my skills, meet new people and be my own boss.

 

Favorite materials? How do you choose the stones?

I'm drawn to the stones that "do" things. If they have sparkle, illumination or radiate spectrums of colour, you can bet that I'm sold. Each stone has so many unique characteristics that it is impossible for me to not adore what Mother Nature creates.

 

Do you have a memorable custom piece that you designed for a client?

I designed a piece of jewellery for a Mom who's son tragically died in a terrible car crash. We used the windshield glass shards from the vehicle. She told me that she had been to a clairvoyant who brought back her son's spirit and he said, "I totally approve of what you are doing with Joye, Mom." She didn't know me and nor did he. Very special.

 

How does Joye Designs like to keep involved with the community?

I have been actively involved in organizing events to bring more awareness to our historic neighbourhood, "Old Town" Port Moody. The Gallery is in the heart of this "City of Arts." Port Moody needs more recognition for its creative profile and artsy attributes! In front of Stone Art Gallery is a little plaza just itching to host performing arts, so stay tuned...live music festivals are next on my agenda.

 

Any notable people sporting your jewellery designs?

Local celebrities Deb Hope and Jill Crop are fans. Joye Designs is the official supplier of unique jewellery to reknowned Indian cuisine chef, Bal Arneson.

 

What's on the horizon for Joye Designs?

Recognition as a top jewellery designer is the goal. Nothing thrills me more than to have customers claim that they have spotted someone wearing my work. Having my designs noticed for what they are is such an accomplishment!

 

I am currently updating the look and feel of my brand to suit the success that my jewellery has met and very soon online shopping will be available right here!

 

What is the best advice you can remember receiving?

My husband said, "Joye? You don't want to work at a boring job for the rest of your life. You need to quit and pursue your talent for art." I understood and took the risk. It was tough giving up a union paid job, but I don't regret a second of it. 

 

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