6.5 x 3.5 x 7 cm
Sterling silver, garnet, needled felt
Fabricated with omega clips to support the weight of the earrings, a combination of fabrication and casting, needs to be cleaned by hand, as chemicals will damage the wool felt.
Robin started making fabricated jewellery about 18 years ago in the United Kingdom, when she thought she would learn pottery, but found a local silver jewellery fabrication course instead. Over the course of about 13 years, in parallel with her career in biology, Robin built her skills, and explored her interests in jewellery design and fabrication. Although her training has been informal, this has allowed her to explore and experience a wide range of techniques, and to use a variety of materials. When she chose to return to Toronto in the summer of 2018, she left the world of science (although not entirely!) behind to professionally practice her craft. In 2019 she because a resident goldsmith at the Jewel Envy studio in Toronto, where she works on her personal designs, as well as taking on custom and jewellery redesign work. Her jewellery is marketed under the brand House of Cassady.
After a lifelong relationship with art and craft in a number of areas, including textiles, photography, felting and quilting, her passions have settled at the convergence of textiles and goldsmithing.
Robin's current work is the culmination of three aspects of her interests: goldsmithing, textiles, and her former career as an immunologist. The genesis of her current collection was sparked by a proposed collaborative exhibit between The Roslin Institute, a world leading institute for animal research (where she was working at the time) and the Edinburgh College of Art (both in Scotland).
Robin has participated in a number of juried shows, including the Earring Show, and the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair.