As a child, beachcombing with family in Cape Breton, I became captivated by the natural colours and shapes surrounding me. Making jewelry became a means to transform Eastern Canada’s brilliant scenery and calm, creative lifestyle into works of art. By capturing local colour with the sinuous curves of my native coastlines, I can tell stories from my home island through tiny, wearable canvases.
The only constant to my work, besides colour, is change. I thrive on new discoveries, so every new technique I try will merge and grow into the next, delivering surprise and joy as every piece takes shape. I delight in overcoming challenges and solving problems, for I know each piece I make is made richer by the journey it takes from raw materials to final shape.
Communities of artists, both local and global, inform my work and drive my innovative spirit. It’s self-evident that I should share my work with others; breaking down my process helps not only me, but also others who can build on my techniques, combining colour and shape in newer, richer ways to take the evolution of my work forever forward. Each piece of jewelry becomes a phrase in an unfolding conversation around the world.
Gayle Bird is an online education instructor and course developer, writing and teaching curriculum for adult learners in various design subjects. She taught herself jewelry design and became a juried member of the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design in Nova Scotia in 2007. Her jewelry is sold in stores across Nova Scotia. She published her first book, Freeform Wire Art Jewelry: Techniques for designing with wire, beads & gems, in the spring of 2015.
Gayle’s online video and downloadable tutorials have impressed three-quarters of a million users with her clear, concise, accurate instructions.
With big, bold pieces that are daringly colourful, and smaller, delicate choices for a subtle brilliance, you’re sure to find the exact piece to fit your personality. A proud Cape Breton artist, Gayle is dedicated to creating beautiful, distinctive jewellery that anybody can wear – and everybody will be talking about!