Beluga Whale Earrings
Hand-formed and cast sterling silver beluga whale earrings.
Lavinia van Heuvelen was born and raised in Bowmanville, ON and moved to Iqaluit after she graduated high school. She studied Jewellery and Metalwork at Nunavut Arctic College. In 2011 she began Lavinia Van Heuvelen's Jewellery.
Van Heuvelen has worked with a lot of mediums over the years including painting, drawing, printmaking and sewing as well as her main jewellery practice with much of her work primarily made with sterling silver and natural materials. She believes jewellery has stayed her main medium due to her love of experimenting with new techniques and projects. Previously working out of Aayuraa Studios in Iqaluit, van Heuvelen has been able to learn and grow as an artist from working around her mentors, peers and studio mates. Working with natural materials gifted or purchased from local hunters, van Heuvelen is inspired by the North and her environment. Much of her jewellery directly references traditional Inuit themes and imagery, which are tied together with silver and materials from the land.
Though early on in her career, van Heuvelen has already won many awards for her work and has travelled around Canada and to London, England exhibiting and selling her pieces.