Influenced by an early love of printmaking, primarily block and screen printing, Kiley Granberg’s approach to jewellery captures the clean crisp lines between positive and negative space.
Born in Alberta, Kiley spent much of her adolescence exploring the outdoors and creating art. A deep reverence for the natural world influenced her artistry and eventually led her to Red Deer College to earn a Visual Arts diploma with a focus in printmaking. She subsequently earned a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the Alberta University of the Arts, where she majored in Jewelry and Metals, graduating with distinction.
Under the instruction of Charles Lewton-Brain and other art professionals at AUA, Kiley gleaned valuable skills in both design and execution when creating art jewellery. She was honoured with several student awards in addition to being a finalist in the Niche Jewellery Awards, hosted in Philadelphia, PA.
On Kiley’s first day of Jewellery 101, she was introduced to the work of Joan Irvin. Immediately taken with her precise saw work, Kiley envisioned her own art aesthetic translated into metal. Piercing, a technique using a hand saw and exceptionally fine blades, has become her calling.
Now, with several years of practice refining her skills, Kiley continues to push the limits of her tools and process to produce one-of-a-kind art jewellery out of her studio in Comox, British Columbia.
Forever hungry for adventure, Kiley’s next endeavor will take her across Canada in her vintage travel trailer turned jewellery studio. She aims to continue capturing the fleeting moments of awe found in nature while sharing her experience and technical skill with others.
Lesley Assu – Standing Spruce
I am Lesley Assu, of the Haida nation; local Haida witch, herbalist and mother that trusts in old world medicine, the plants and spirits of the trees. I am also owner & operator of Standing Spruce Farm & Apothecary
Traditionally raised in both Haida Gwaii and in my father’s community of the We Wai Kai, I developed deep roots to the land and sea. My passion of traditional medicine expands outside of the business; it’s my entirety, and is a practice shared with my family and communities. I am a mother to two children; Daala (the rain) and SGaalan (The yellow cedar), I am also an adoring aunt to two nephews: Aliwas and Ember. As I share Standing Spruce with you, I am raising my children and nephews with traditional knowledge and the practice of harvesting medicine. In my life these teachings were learned from my elders; to ensure, we are passing down this knowledge for future generations, I develop my products with sustainability and all of our future in mind .
Plant medicine is an important part of our history; our foundation is built on ancestral knowledge and old world medicine. We believe in magic, and in the importance of mother earth for our health and wellbeing.
The gallery shop carries a range of wildcrafted products and remedies; including but not limited to: skin care, healing oils, balms, candles and soaps.