StrayStones is the work of designer and metalsmith Jenny Pulling, of Guelph, ON. Using a variety of techniques, and drawing inspiration from nature and geometry, Jenny creates unique, one of a kind jewellery and wall art from copper, brass and sterling silver.
Her favourite techniques include riveting, fold-forming, etching, and reticulation.
The early stages of StrayStones began during the semi-nomadic years I spent in Latin America, where I was inspired by the many talented and resourceful artisans I encountered. Through these artisans I began to explore creating jewellery from waxed linen, wire, gemstones, and found objects like shells and seeds. Born from these creations was StrayStones; named for my early pieces that incorporated the 'stray' stones I had collected on my travels.
I returned to Canada in 2011, driven to expand on my skill base. I came upon an informal metalsmithing workshop in Toronto and signed up immediately. The workshop introduced me to a number of basic tools and techniques, and gave me just the right amount of instruction and confidence to continue exploring the exciting world of metalsmithing.
Since then my skill base has continued to grow, and many of the techniques I now use have been self-taught. There's been a lot of trial and error, but I love the excitement of experimenting with new designs and techniques.
In 2016 StrayStones will be operating as my full time business, and I couldn't be more excited about where it's all headed. Come visit me at one of the many events or shows I'll be participating in this year and say hello!