Thistle jewellery is designed and handmade by Wendy Stok on Gabriola Island, BC. Wendy combines traditional silversmithing techniques with a contemporary aesthetic to create jewellery that is unique, beautiful and well made. Her designs are influenced by natural forms as well as nostalgia for the beauty of bygone times. She aims to make pieces that are functional and graceful and sees wearing jewellery as an opportunity to inject a little loveliness into the everyday. After her formal training as a woodworker along with a foray into children's apparel, Wendy has more recently been learning the fine art of silversmithing with Nina Turczyn of Paprika Design. In addition to jewellery, every fall Wendy designs and produces a limited collection of hand cut copper Christmas ornaments. They are elegant and timeless in character, and her hope is that they have a long life being passed from hand to hand. Originally from Montreal, she now lives and plays with her partner and their daughter on a beautiful little island situated in the Straight of Georgia.