My passion for rock collecting is what led me to start making jewellery. I have been dragging home rocks and fossils and sticks and shells and bones and feathers and rusty what-nots and all sorts of stuff since I was small. Natural Icon Designs is a reflection of all that I hold dear. I love to hunt down and gather gemstones, carved bone beads, shells, freshwater pearls, amber lumps, and sparkly Swarovski crystals. Finding just the right pieces is half the fun. My passion for mud pie making is what led me to sculpture and ceramics and the fact that most of my best friends were stuffed animals or cats up until college is why I have an affinity for animals and nature. Art and creativity is a way for me to extend my world of pretend and play into my adult life. I am currently spending most of my art making time creating mixed media pyrography paintings and have just started turning them into apparel and accessories, fine art prints, digital prints and wood prints. All the prints! I have found a Canadian company that makes high quality items that I really like. My subject matter is always from nature, often a forest friend or ocean traveler. I do try to blog, but it does not come naturally.
Jennifer Park is a multi passionate maker of things. She is a mixed media painter, pyrographer, ceramist, jewellery maker, sculptor and owner of Natural Icon Designs & Apparel. Jennifer teaches a variety of 3-D and surface techniques privately and at the Alberta College of Art & Design in the Continuing Ed department and has been an active studio member of the Burns Visual Arts Society for the past 10 years. She grew up on the outskirts of Calgary spending most of her time outdoors dragging home rocks, fossils, sticks, shells, bones, feathers, tadpoles and treasures. A love and fascination with nature and science still informs her life, work and art.
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