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.



End of Summer Learning Series at Wolf Willow Studio

Take a Creative Vacation this August

Check out my Eventbrite profile with all the events, dates and details listed. Supplies for the described projects are included, 12 and up is great and if you would like to arrange different payment options email me!

Always So Much to Do!

I always feel like I am not getting enough done. I'm not great at relaxing at all. I very much feel like there are never enough hours in the day yet I also think I am a chilled individual until I blow my stack and then I think hey I'm actually a really big spaz. Sigh. Blogging I am not so good at. I always think it needs to be epic and amazing and it never really is so I am going to post something daily for awhile and see what comes of it. I may not even check my spelling which will really freak me out. I have been doing the #DailyBead on Instagram since January 1 and I must say I am getting bored of it. So the three month rule may not apply to me. I intend to stick with it though so we will see what happens! Blogging on the other hand makes me shiver. I'll start with something safe, a Daily Bead round up! I love visuals - colours, textures, balance and symmetry and contrast and all the components of visual language - so easy. Real language, not so easy :)  But like anything you want to get better at...practice!

A Fresh Start!

I have been trying for quite some time to cram three things into one web site! It has not been working out very well. I am stubborn though so I have kept at it until finally I have given up and made a separate site for my Jewellery, Art and Social Media Services business. The relief I feel now! Maybe that's the fun of being so stubborn, finally giving up is such a nice feeling. 

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Coming up with brand names, logos etc is very time consuming and sort of gets in the way of the creative process. Trying to define who you are and what you are all about in a word or two and an image or three is challenging. You must remember that you can always change things in the future, it is not written in stone. It is an evolution. That's what I've been telling myself anyway. So the name Natural Icon I came up with years ago for a series of paintings I was doing. I had just graduated with my fine art degree and was out of school, floundering around a bit, free from instructors, thesis statements, artist statements or any other sort of structure for my art. So I got to meditating about what I really cared about, what really moved me and made me happy. I started thinking back to my childhood and what fascinated and inspired me way back when. What I came up with was animals, leaves, rocks, stars, the sun, flowers, shells, bones, sand, dirt and water. So basically Nature!


The architecture of the natural world follows mathematical equations. Now math is not really my thing, like Barbie said "math is hard" or at least I have to think about math way harder then other things. Probably the only thing I have in common with Barbie:)  Math is magical though and mysterious to me. According to Wikipedia " two quantities are in the golden ratio if their ratio is the same as the ratio of their sum to the larger of the two quantities. " 


  Now if I think real hard about that it makes sense! What I am all about is the visuals, and the visuals associated with the Golden Ratio are amazing and magical. The example to illustrate the Golden ratio is more often than not the cross section of a nautilus shell. The Nautilus is a living fossil, remaining unchanged for millions of years. It is a mysterious creature that builds it's own home a chamber at a time, perfectly and beautifully. The above fossils are cephalopods, much smaller than a Nautilus but illustrating similar construction. So that's where the idea started, the magic of the Natural world...the Icon part I will write about next time!