Natural Icon

At Natural Icon Designs I make original mixed media paintings and handmade jewellery with a focus on semi precious gemstones, bone, amber, wood and freshwater pearls. I take pride in creating every piece in Calgary Alberta Canada. Unless otherwise noted all pieces are one of a kind.

 

               

My Niece navigating the Bow River in her flip flops. She reminds me of the freedom and sense of well being and connection you get from just being outside in nature.

My Niece navigating the Bow River in her flip flops. She reminds me of the freedom and sense of well being and connection you get from just being outside in nature.

     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 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.

 Third Person Bio

 Jennifer Park studied at the Alberta College of Art & Design from 1990-94 graduating with a diploma in Sculpture. She then turned her attention to the domestic arts (being young and very foolish) and in a collaborative effort came up with her finest creation, her son. Discovering she had no natural talent for domesticity she returned to ACAD in 2000 and received a BFA with a Ceramics major in 2001.

   Jennifer began her part time studio practice and much to her surprise decided to take up painting, jewellery making, photography and teaching. She has been teaching a variety of jewellery making techniques for the past seven years and has gone back to the Alberta College of Art & Design to teach Sculpture, Gold Leaf and Intro to Resin in the Continuing Ed department. She created Natural Icon Designs as a future, giant lifestyle brand for those who love rocks and sticks and shiny things. She currently belongs to the Burns Visual Arts Society where she has organized two successful workshop series for Alberta Culture Days. Recently Jennifer has been participating in the Calyx Distinctive Arts Exhibiton & Sale which happens in the Spring and Fall. Jennifer shares her home studio with two big kids and five dogs and is still trying to master the domestic arts…with little success.

Me and my Batcatdogpiggymonkeyfriend Puggy P.

Me and my Batcatdogpiggymonkeyfriend Puggy P.