" I turned a childhood hobby into a successful career in 1988 when I first established The Tima Collection. I am mostly self-taught but did take a part time third year metal working course at George Brown College in 1993. I have shown in juried shows all across Ontario and sold my work all across Canada, including the Ontario Gallery, the Rooms Museum and McMichael Gallery gift shops.
I specialize in wire copper jewellery but also use sheet copper, silver and brass wire and sheet, as well as stones, beads, shells, feathers, pressed flowers, found objects, image transfers and coins. I have an extensive Canadian penny collection. I designed a whole collection of penny jewellery for The Royal Canadian Mint in 2019. I carry a whole catalogued collection of ready to use coloured pennies to swap out pennies with a meaningful year for you or a loved one on site. Most of the work I free hand sculpt half round wire into one of a kind pieces but I also cut sheet, sand, forge, solder and use various colouring techniques on metal sheet and coins. Colouring techniques involve torching with heat and a resist or various chemical solutions with a resist for contrast. (including photography developing chemicals!) I oxidize the wire pieces and sand and leave raw, but lacquer or resin the coloured sheet or coin pieces to keep the colour.
I like to design pieces that have double functions like the hand bracelet that can be worn as a necklace when unwrapped or the penny belt that can be worn as a necklace. Many of my necklaces are designed with a double clasp on the ends so that they can be worn long at 34 inches or doubled up and clasped right onto the piece itself to be worn short at 17 inches. I am also a professional musician and design many pieces that reflect my love of music. I also love to paint, draw and take photographs to use original images in my image transfers onto the jewellery. I have a huge price range and a vast collection from doing this for over 30 years. I can also make custom wire rings on site as I carry a whole collection of stones, beads and coins to choose from. My mission is to create unique good quality pieces to be worn in the ancient tradition of wearing jewellery as inspiration, protection and healing in times of transition and transformation. The feed back I get most often is " how refreshingly different". I still absolutely love what I do after all these years and I think my work reflects that."