Tis’ the season of shopping and I say shop small business or local retailers..!
There are so many shopping opportunities outside of big retail and box stores. Many unique services, re-purposed and one of a kind hand crafted products, things to wear, things to eat, things to look at, the list is plenty.
A purchased item becomes like a proverbial skipping rock when shopping from a small business. The rings in the water are the effects that this purchase has on everyone.
It’s not just a purchase; this is an acknowledgement to these people, to their crafts.
I also like to think of how the actual product is conceived. When an owner/operator has built their product or service from a dream this offering is now dipped in passion and you forever know that you will be receiving a reputable product or service that was built from a clean conscious and a lighter carbon footprint.
The foundation of your product/service was built on pride, love and passion.
It is my pleasure to introduce to you….Introducing Drakestail Jewellery,
Drakestail is an old French folk tale (Bout-d’-Canard is the original title) about an undersized duck who becomes king through determination and smarts. When Roxanne and Robyn were deciding on a company name they came across this story and found it sweet, simple and also inspiring, how you can accomplish a great deal from meager beginnings. The lesson is quite simply to keep going after what you want, despite obstacles that may try to get in your way, be smart in your actions and you can accomplish even more than you set out to.
To create innovative and exciting pieces of wearable art!
Roxanne Lebeau and Robyn Pacey (Olm) are the creative team behind Drakestail Jewellery.
Roxanne is an Ottawa native who now lives in Edmonton. She enjoys working with a variety of materials but is particularly fond of pearls and mid-century inspired pieces. She is a big fan of all things pinup. When not working or making jewellery, Roxanne enjoys volunteering in her community, dragon boat racing, working on her fashion blog, social media, reading, spending time with friends, family and her cat.
Robyn is a west coast native who now calls Ottawa her home. She began crafting at an early age, making earrings that were sold in a Vancouver salon, and has also dabbled in cross-stitch, sewing and photography. Ultimately, her love of gemstones and shiny things brought her back to jewellery-making. When not making jewellery, Robyn spends time with her family, her garden, her books, and her two rambunctious dogs. She also loves yoga, cooking, and anything chocolate.
Our creative journey began in 2006. Inspired by the desire to have custom-designed jewellery, we took a class in basic jewellery-making techniques. We sought out interesting beads and findings to work with, focussing on gemstones, pearls and natural materials. Ultimately, we found the creative design process as rewarding as the jewellery itself. Friends and family began requesting speciality items. Encouraged by the popularity of our work, we began selling in 2008, beginning with a small local fair in downtown Ottawa. Since then, Drakestail Jewellery expanded to participate in several shows each year.
Now that we aren’t living in the same city, we’ve been focused on growing Drakestail’s online presence. We now have a blog and an ETSY store, and we’re also active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest! This means our unique handmade designs can be found year-round and around the world. We’re quite excited to be able to share our creativity with such a vast audience.
We think jewellery should be fun, versatile, and unique wearable art. We are committed to creating pieces that are carefully and thoughtfully handcrafted. We work with a variety of materials, from sparkling glass, crystal and gemstones to earthy bone, wood and stone. Our work uses a blend of stringing and wire-wrapping techniques.
Roxanne & Robyn both feel it is important to contribute to their community. We have been happy to donate pieces for raffle or auction fundraisers. Over the last few years, Drakestail has donated to several charitable organizations, most notably The Clothesline Project and Engineers Without Borders.
We are available for commissioned items – please email us firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help create a special piece just for you!
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