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 from 2007-2011, but found jewelry design later in my life. I began with beadwork and metalsmithing in 2013, but fell in love with polymer clay! I started experimenting with this material during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic when it was still fairly new to the jewelry space. Much of my practice was self-taught through trial and error and today I'm grateful for other makers sharing their jewelrymaking techniques with the rest of the polymer clay community. With this material, there's truly endless creative applications.
I like to experiment with unique colour combinations, textures, patterns, and geometric shapes to create wearable art that is bright and bold. As an artist, I draw inspiration from sculpture, interior and graphic design, architecture, and textiles and I am always exploring new ideas.
▪️ My jewelry is carefully designed and crafted by me in my home studio in Stratford, Ontario, Canada. Handmade art takes time and patience, and I work in small batches to limit waste. I have high standards for the work that leaves my studio. If you ever have an issue plese get in touch with me and I will make it right.
▪️ I use high quality stainless steel findings so that my jewelry is safe for sensitive skin.
▪️ I incorporate all scrap materials into new designs to limit the amount of waste my small business produces.
▪️ I believe statement jewelry is for anybody who wants to express themselves in a colourful and creative way. Whether I am selling online or in-person, this is a safe space where everyone is included 🌈
top - Ariel in her studio, Dec 2023
bottom - Ariel at a Festival Square Market in downtown Stratford, Sept 2023