I’m Dana Reed.
I’m a smith working in silver, copper and steel, and I also work in enamel, photography, naturally dyed textiles, in particular indigo dyed Shibori, and printmaking.
As a contemporary artist working in various media, my work reflects my curiosity, fascination with intricate processes, deep connection with nature and my desire to communicate the amazing things around us.
I grew up in Northwestern Ontario, between the woods and the big lake, Superior or Kitchigami as the Anishinaabe people know it. Thunder Bay’s isolation and cold winters shape the land and the people. It’s not hard to love the outdoors here, something passed on by my grandfather, Dan.
I was very lucky, growing up with a grandfather who was one of those people who could build pretty much anything. Carpentry, welding, auto mechanics, even baking, there wasn't much he couldn't tackle, and do it well. From him, I learned to love making things, working with my hands, the value of crafting something you can be proud of.
I want to make things that will delight you and that you can feel proud to wear. When you support artisans by wearing handcrafted jewellery, you keep alive a long tradition of skill and creativity in art and craft.