Barbara Takasaki

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Barbara TakasakiPrior to turning her talents to jewellery, Barbara was a textile artist creating knitted, crocheted and sewn scarves and shawls for many high-end retailers including Holt Renfrew, Bergdorf’s, Barneys, Nordstrom, Neiman-Marcus as well as Joyce in Hong Kong.

Barbara often incorporated semi–precious stones into her scarves, leading her to explore jewellery as another creative outlet.  After studying metalsmithing and jewellery fabrication at George Brown College in Toronto, she has produced designs of a unique originality combining traditional craftsmanship with contemporary flair.

She has had a ‘special artist’ exhibit at the Carnegie Gallery in Dundas, Ontario in October, 2008 and currently her work can be seen at the Carnegie Gallery in Dundas, the Burlington Art Centre, Made You Look in Toronto, Gallery Athena in Wolfville, NS. and Gallery Knowlton in Knowlton, Quebec.

The shapes, colours and objects found in nature have always been the main inspiration for my designs, whether it’s curling, twisting strands of ribbon or a simple beach pebble.  I love mixing textures and creating palettes that catch the eye and having fun with a piece by adding a touch of whimsy!  My work is all hand fabricated and bench-made and by using a variety of stones, colours and textures I am ensuring that my pieces are quite unique.