Simple elegance in sculptural form.
Orii designs are a sculptural conduit - merging the symbiotic relationship of nature to art. Each collectable heirloom takes you through an evolution of light and space. Elements of wind, water and earth convey movement, mimicking the intuitive rhythms in nature. Through meticulous hand forged detail, each creation transforms into stunning silhouettes at every angle.
I grew up observing my father sculpting and painting in his studio. I recall playing with his plasticine clay and falling in love with the magic of making something with my hands. Being rooted with artistic sensibilities at a young age, shaped my life path of becoming a sculptor.
My passion led to 8 years of fine arts study. I began in a private college in Florence with jewelry design, art history and architecture. I then went on to attend Concordia University, for sculpture and industrial design. Following university, I furthered my studies with various silversmithing courses and worked for a reputable family business that specializes in custom jewelry design for 11 years.
Although I have always been passionate about art and design, it wasn't until my mother passed away in 2015, that I realized creating was the only thing that I wanted to do. During my healing process, making art became my therapy and journey into self-exploration, bringing me to a closer understanding of myself. Losing my mother was the driving force to live my life with the utmost passion and purpose, and Orii Design was born.
My mother always believed in my artistic talent without a doubt; she supported my path of becoming a designer. She lived for her children and after she passed away, I was inspired most, to continue what she started - an evolution of love and light.
Orii: to shine intuitively; my light; in creation and in form.
Creativity is the pulse of life and since I live between the mountains and sea, I am constantly reminded that nature is the most magnificent creator.
As far back as I can remember, I have been mesmerized by the dynamic movement and transformative aspects of the elements. Observing how wind and water shape the landscape into ever morphing structures, inspires me to create and share natures artistry.
My design approach is intuitive. Each piece I sculpt is an interpretation of geological formations. I mix these elements with a contemporary architectural aesthetic - together each final piece evokes the sense of movement and a remarkable interplay of light.
Using traditional metal smithing techniques with computer technologies allow me to explore innovative jewelry forms.
Custom designs are either created from scratch or re-imagined from existing pieces in my collection, such as adding gemstones or making alterations.
The sculptural compositions of Orii Design are inspired by mythology, which tell nature's stories of connection, symbiosis, process and the evolution of form and space. Orii aims to inspire you to live your own truth, to express your individuality and beauty. Personified, Orii reflects back your inner light.
My creative process is done independently in my Vancouver studio, I often collaborate with local jewellers in the manufacturing of my jewelry. Every decision made is aligned with my core values to ensure that the environment is protected and that all people involved benefit from my jewellery. Maintaining healthy and supportive relationships with customers and collaborators is top priority.
Each design is crafted one at a time or in small batches, using ethically sourced, recycled materials of gold, silver, wood and stone.
"Ori" has many meanings around the world
Shines like gold
Rising sun, river or star