Tracey Brailsford,

Sundara Studios Jewelry Designer

Hamilton

Tracey Brailsford

Sundara Studios Jewelry Designer

Hamilton

Tracey’s career in jewellery design began more than a decade ago when she designed and created a simple necklace for her best friend as a Christmas gift. The necklace garnered so much attention that soon Tracey was enrolled in silversmith classes at Mohawk College, building on a background in Fine Art studies at the University of Guelph. The next step was dipping her toe into the sales and marketing pool by creating jewellery for a local bridal shop, and launching her own business, Sundara Studios. Tracey’s skill and creativity has continued to evolve with lots of experimentation at the workbench, inspiration and instruction from teachers and colleagues, and heaps of generous feedback from clients at art shows, craft fairs, private open-houses, online through etsy and sundara.ca, as well as through retail partners.

 am an artist in the same way that my dog is hungry. I don’t think about it, or how it informs the way I look at the world, or how I behave in it – and yet, it affects almost everything I do. Patterns and shapes and textures and colours reveal themselves with each hike in the woods, stroll on wet pavement, glance at the sky, reflection on a surface. They seep into my work organically. I don’t plan. If I have a creative process, it is to sit down with my materials and play. See what happens.
I work primarily in Precious Metal Clay (PMC), an ingenious medium that is composed primarily of silver that’s been recovered from old electronics and x-ray film. While I don’t have a structured creative process, the technical aspect of working in this medium requires a very specific and intensive process. Every step exposes a new facet of each piece, bringing it closer to its completed form, and I really love piloting this evolution.