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Our story


Hi! I'm Ariel (she/her).

 

I'm an artist, maker and owner of DON'T WORRY DESIGNS.

I have been creating for as long as I can remember. I studied drawing and painting at OCAD University, and this experience eventually led me to jewelry design. I love exploring colour, texture, pattern, and geometric shapes to create things that are fun, bright and bold. As an artist, I get my inspiration from sculpture, interior and graphic design, architecture, and textiles.

All of my designs are handmade by me in my home studio in beautiful Stratford, Ontario, Canada.

 

I started DWD in late 2020 to help deal with my increasing anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time we were living in downtown Toronto and were in constant lockdowns. Keeping myself busy with a creative project helped me cope with the uncertainty and stress.

Anxiety has always been a part of my life. I have been fortunate to be able to receive support but I also and ackowledge this is a privilege that not everyone has. I donate 5% of my online sales to The Centre of Mental Health and Addiction (CAMH).

 

Our values

handmade

 
Our designs are handmade from start to finish, including cutting, baking, sanding, finishing, and assembling. All of your orders are carefully packed and shipped from our studio.

 

small batch

 
We create our designs in small batches and material scraps are repurposed into new designs to minimize waste wherever possible.

 

inclusive

 
Unique statement jewelry is for everybody. Our designs are gender neutral and the majority are available in clip-on style for non-pierced ear people.
We use stainless steel for all earring findings so they're safe for sensitive skin.