Ali Munn popped into my feed and I loved her clean lines, simple yet interesting pieces, and especially her modern take on signet rings. Get to know her, her inspiration and her designs below!
"I started making jewellery in 2010 while working at a bead store in my hometown Calgary, Alberta. The owner of the store offered to enroll me in a introductory silversmithing class at the Alberta College Of Art And Design so that I could learn some basic techniques to possibly benefit the shop."
"After taking that initial class I was totally hooked, and continued to take night classes at the college and set up a little makeshift studio in the parking shed behind my apartment building. "
"After a couple years I decided I wanted to go back to school full time, and enrolled in the Jewellery Art & Design program at Vancouver Community College. I got my diploma, moved into my Chinatown studio and have been at it ever since!"
"I primarily use the technique of lost wax casting, with hand engraving and gemstone accents. Some of my pieces are created at the bench, making design choices with what feels right as they take shape. For my custom work I will usually do a series of watercolour illustrations until we've reached the perfect harmony of the customer's ideas and my design."
"I've gotten to create some collaborative pieces with other artists whose work I love and that has been really inspiring, I'm always looking at illustrators and buying prints online, so when I get to work with someone like Tallulah Fontaine and engrave a piece of her art onto a ring that is fantastic.
Inspiration can come from anywhere though, whenever I meet someone I'm always wondering what their dream piece of jewellery would look like. That's one of the things that is so amazing about getting to make custom pieces, it doesn't need to be something that can appeal to everyone, it can just be some weird thing that you love transformed into something you can wear."
"I think my current favourite piece to wear would be the Helio Hoops. There is something about a bold pair of hoops that just make you feel so glamorous and sassy as soon as you put them on, it's totally transformative. "
When not designing Ali is always picking up new hobbies. Right now she's been trying to focus on taking classes to learn wheel thrown pottery. She says, "I've taken woodworking classes, printmaking, textile weaving.. I have always worked with my hands and there is a big part of me that needs to find out how something was made when I see it."
When Ali isn't trying out a new craft she likes to get out to the mountains or to the ocean. "The natural surroundings of Vancouver are absolutely unreal."
When asked about her favorite designers Ali first mentioned Digby & Iona because they make some incredible signet rings. She adds, "I shared a studio for a couple of years with my friend Alexandra Dodds, she has such a keen eye for all things strange and beautiful. I would die to see Mociun's gemstone collection. I love vintage designs and have always followed Erie Basin's tumblr for incredible old jewels."
Currently listening to: "This time of year I always find myself putting Irma Thomas' greatest hits on repeat."
See more of Ali's designs on her website!