Inclusive artisan accessory brand Eighteenfortythree is the project of Toronto area student Jacky Ferreira. Created in August of 2018, Eighteenfortythree was born from Jacky’s desire to craft, but lack of direction and purpose. She decided it was time to create her own brand, something she could work hard on and develop. It was important to Jacky that her company would empower all kinds of people and give them a sense of pride. Eighteenfortythree was born. Creating vintage-inspired statement earrings for the bold at heart, Jacky hopes to instill confidence in everyone who wears her pieces.
Alicia of Alicia’s Designs is a Toronto-based jewellery artist specializing in wire wrapped gemstone pieces. Self taught, Alicia says she’s always been a creative person but fell in love with jewellery making soon after trying it. She began Alicia’s Designs in her last year of high school, and started wire wrapping a few years later in 2015. In the beginning she says it was more of a hobby, but quickly became a full-fledged business.
My work is an extension of who I am. I am inspired by current fashion trends but try to take those trends from something that would only be worn on the runway to something that can be worn in everyday life and enjoyed for seasons to come. I appreciate and am influenced by a variety of fashion styles and that results in a variety for my customers and something for everyone.
All of my designs are inspired by mantras, which are quotes from some of my most favourite books and each collection (jewelry season) is inspired by the book those quotes come from. I began with Alice in Wonderland (which is where my flamingo logo comes from) and and I just finished off The Alchemist for my Spring/Summer 2018 collection. Each collection has cohesive elements from the novel. For example, Alice in Wonderland was filled with light, innocent and loving stones like Rose Quartz, Moonstone, Aquamarine, Chrysocholla, Citrine, Amethyst with accent elements like hearts, teapots and charms with other whimsical elements. The Alchemist was filled with circular elements and tassels to compliment the plot of the novel with warm, adventurous stones like Sunstone, Turquoise, Citrine, Labradorite and Amazonite.
My passion for jewellery making has developed fairly recently. In 2007, I graduated from OCAD University in Toronto, Canada with a BFA in Painting and Drawing. After working full-time as an oil painter for nearly a decade, I was drawn to the idea of using my creativity in a new medium. Since I've always loved working with my hands, the tactile quality that jewellery making provides seemed like the perfect next step. This spoke true for me after completing Con Ed courses in Jewellery at George Brown College.