Beads from Africa October 11 2015
One of the biggest reasons I got into making jewellery is my fascination with beads and especially ones from Africa. With techniques dating back thousands of years, this continent produces beads from a variety of materials such as resin, metal, paper, glass, cow bone, wood and clay. After many questions about the beads i used in my jewellery, I realized that i was not the only one who found the history and techniques of these beads fascinating. I decided to make a bead information board to display at my craft shows that would not only be informative but also a piece of art. With the help of my aunt, we completed this project using a canvas, paint, a burlap cloth, cut outs from National Geographic magazines of Africa, a hot glue gun and some beads. Hope you get a chance to see it at my next show!
To learn more about my beads. Check out my materials page and find products using these beads.
Lookbook 2015 June 12 2015
With a large collection of African
inspired jewellery created though my
winter hibernation I was itching for
another Pikay Creations photo shoot.
I wanted the location to be outdoors
and iconic of Toronto so I choose one
of my favorite spots in the city, Evergreen
Brickworks.I loved the rustic brickwall
back drops with the odd inspirational quote,
the strong element of nature and amazing
skyline view at the top. I was so lucky to
have the talented CJ Bosco, as my photographer
and such a stunning model, Clara,to wear my
creations with such style. I am thrilled at how the photo shoot turned out and wanted to share these
photos with you through my lookbook.
Upcoming Shows 2015 June 12 2015
Rosedale Art Fair Scrivener Square May 30 - June 1
Unionville Street Festival Main Street June 6 - 7
Aurora Street Festival Yonge Street, Aurora June 7
Barns Art Market 106 Christie Street June 13
Markham Village Music Festival Main Street, Markham June 20 - 21
Cobourg Waterfront Festival Waterfront, Cobourg July 1 - 4
Toronto Art Crawl David Pecaut Square July 10
Muskoka Arts and Craft Show Annie Williams Park July 17 - 20
Harbourfront Lakeview Market 235 Queens Quay July 24 - 26
Huronia Festival of Arts & Crafts Waterfront, Barrie Aug 1 - 3
Harbourfront Lake View Market 235 Queens Quay Aug 14 - 16
Danforth East Arts Fair East Lynn Park Sept 19 - 20
New African Print Bag Collection! May 27 2015
As a lover of patterns, color and textures, I recently became fascinated with textiles from Africa and in particular, Ankara wax print from Ghana. With its bright colors and detailed geometric patterns I was itching to design something that was functional yet chic. Having a talented aunt with a strong knowledge of fashion design and fabrication, I decided to launch an African print bag line to compliment my jewelry line.
Also known as "African Wax Prints” and “Dutch Wax”, Ankara is a 100% cotton fabric with vibrant patterns. created through an Indonesian wax-resist dyeing technique called Batik. In this technique, methods are used to "resist" the dye from reaching all the cloth, thereby creating a pattern. Dutch wax prints started out as cheap mass-produced imitations of Indonesian batik fabric. It was originally intended for the Indonesian market but found a more enthusiastic market in West Africa, where it became symbols of traditional and high quality fashion. From West Africa, this fabric spread to other parts of Africa and all over the world.
Eco-jewelry featuring recycled glass bead necklaces ! April 21 2015
Handmade jewellery featuring recycled glass beads from Ghana. Ghanian recycled glass beads are made
by locals who collect glass bottles, crush them up and reheat them in a mold to form a bead in various
colors and transparencies. Please check out all my necklaces using recycled glass beads, if you like Eco-friendly fashion.
New Resin Art Ring Collection! November 15 2014
Now you can wear your favorite art prints and artists on your fingers with my new collection of art rings.
With paintings from Frida Kahlo, Dali, Klimt, Picasso, Warhol, Van Gogh and Gaugain I have combined
my love for art with jewellery by using these prints, metal ring bases and a resin kit. There are also rings
available with unique buttons attached to a rich wood ring base from Bali Indonesia.
Check out the whole collection here!
Please contact me for custom made image rings: firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Shows 2014 September 03 2014
Bloorcourt Arts & Craft Fair Bloor Street West September 6 12 pm -11pm
Danforth East Arts Fair East Lynn Park September 13-14 10 am - 5 pm
Queen West Art Crawl Trinity Bellwoods Park September 13-14 11 am- 6 pm
Fabulous Fall Trunk Show 1258 Yonge Street September 17 7 pm -10 pm
Trendy Trade Bead Bracelets August 28 2014
After buying a strand of African trade beads in Kenya, I was inspired to mix these decorative
beads with gemstones, brass and recycled glass beads to make colorful and fun bracelets
for the summer.
African trade beads are patterned glass beads originating from Venice that would have
been used as a form of currency to exchange for goods and services between the 16th
and 20th century in Western and Northern Africa. Today they are solely decorative beads
which are largely made in Ghana.
Inside Pikay Creations Jewellery Studio March 15 2014
Continental Chic February 28 2014
Continental Chic is a necklace I created using beads from all five continents. My friend who
recently got engaged wanted to get something special made for his fiancé. He met her while traveling
the world and being a passionate traveler herself, they planed to travel to every continent together
as their lives progressed. When proposed with the idea of the neclklace, I was enthusiastic. I loved
mixing together materials, colours and textures but have never been presented with the challenge
of geography.It was difficult choosing materials to represent each continent while making a harmonious
colour pallet and design. The pictures above show the final product using the following materials:
Africa: trade beads (Glass beads made in Ghana using Venetian techniques and historically used as
a form of currency to trade goods and services between the 16th and 20th century)
Australia: opal stones
America: turquoise stones
Europe: amber stones
Asia: jade stones, ebony wood
African Inspirations - Pop-Up Gallery Boutique November 10 2013
With family roots in Kenya and a fascination with African beads, crafts, prints, and culture, I decided to host an African themed pop-up boutique called African Inspirations. I knew that in a city like Toronto, there must be others who were inspired by Africa and expressed this through a variety of mediums. In no time, I found a group of seven talented artists/designers/organizations who's work was EXCITING,CONTEMPORARY, BOLD & BEAUTIFUL. They include painters, B.C.Okah and Didi Gadjanski, fair trade organizations, Paper Bead Works and Nharo and fashion designers, Nana Bediako and Catherine Addai.
African Inspirations runs from November 29th - December 3rd
Please Join Us!
For more details on this event please visit: www.africaninspirations.net
Welcome! October 02 2013
Welcome to my new website where you can explore my latest lookbook and purchase one of a kind pieces using beads from all over the world!
Thanks to everyone who came to visit me at my shows this summer and looking forward to seeing you at more to come.
Pikay Creations table at the Danforth East Arts Fair.
Upcoming shows: October 26th & 27th, Ohh la la Market, Gladstone Hotel
November 2nd & 3rd, Ancaster Lion's Holiday Gift Show
November 9th & 10th, Rotary Arts & Crafts Christmas Show, Stratford
November 29th - December 3rd, African Inspirations, Toronto, 627 Queen West
December 5th- 8th, 34th Annual Christmas Craft Festival, London