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Lavinia Van Heuvelen

Lavinia Van Heuvelen

“They start as an image in my mind, become a task for my hands, and when I am finished I can I see all of my hard work complete, there is no better feeling of accomplishment.”

I work with sterling silver and natural materials found in Nunavut. I feel connected when using materials my Inuit ancestors have always used for art, tools, etc. I like to represent traditional themes in a new way, silver is a fairly new material to Inuit, a great material for jewellery making that pairs well with ivory, baleen, muskox horn and antler. They start as an image in my mind, become a task for my hands, and when I am finished I can I see all of my hard work complete, there is no better feeling of accomplishment. I grew up in southern Ontario where a person’s heritage, traditions and culture are not around you everyday. Now living in Iqaluit for 5 years, it is hard not to be inspired when the beauty of the North and its people surround me.

Lavinia Van Heuvelen is a fine craft artist from Iqaluit.