Lisa Brown | Divine Expressions Jewellery
What is your business, and what do you make?
Divine Expressions is an eco-jewellery business. As a bench jeweller, I fabricate all the pieces by hand. I use a new eco-friendly silver called Argentium which is tarnish resistant and whiter/stronger than sterling silver.
How did you get started in this business?
I started making jewellery on the beach to earn extra money and because I just wanted to make stuff with my hands. That lead me to going back to school for my Fine Arts degree, which in turn lead me to an apprenticeship under a Master Goldsmith…it all just sort of snowballed.
Is this a full time job for you?
It was for many years. I became a mom and the recession hit so I decided to get a part-time job just for the stable money – which allowed me more time with my son. However, creating wearable pieces of art has been a major part of my life for almost 20 years now.
What is your first memory of making something?
I remember re-purposing jeans into funky embroidered shorts in my early teen years and heading to the Saturday flea market to try my hand at selling. I was hooked!
What are your favorite and least favorite things about being craft fair vendor?
I love talking to people about what I create and I love selling in a face to face setting. What I can live without is teardown and packing up….yuck.
What is the biggest compliment you’ve ever received about your work?
I have a client who has bought pieces from me for years. She always tells me about how her custom pendant is still the favourite of her collection and that she is constantly complimented by strangers over the design.
What is one holiday tradition in your family?
We love to tour the city and look at the Christmas light displays.
What was the last gift you gave someone?
A nice bottle of Okanagan wine of course!
If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
This is an easy one….teleportation!
If you won $20 million in the lottery, what would you do with the money?
Gosh, I’d probably spend a couple months trying to decide how best to help my family, friends, and community. Then I’d build a house and studio space using sustainable practices and go off the grid. And then there’s the dream of starting an artist co-op, it would be wonderful to fund that.
If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
“How Did She Get HERE From There?” (smarty pants answer: teleportation)