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Stefanie Cosentino developed an interest in jewellery making at an early age and went on to complete her diploma in Fashion Arts from Humber College. Her countless hours making arts and crafts as a child led her to a career where she could turn her artistic visions into wearable art. She perfected her craft to create unique, one-of-a-kind pieces both during her time at Humber College and while working under the tutelage of Nancy Ciccone from Baubles Inc. Stefanie has spread her wings and embarked on a new journey with her own company. Now specializing in bridal and formal pieces, Stefanie has a knack for turning a bride's vision into a sparkling reality. From rosaries and chandelier earrings to everyday sparkle, Stefanie's pieces reflect the personality and flair of her customers' visions.
After graduating from Waterloo University with a degree in Chemical Engineering, Thomas apprenticed in Taiwan at his father’s watch repairing factory. This experience sparked his interest in jewelry making, leading him to complete a certificate in jewelry fundamentals from George Brown College (2009). From there, Thomas learned the art of chainmail construction and has designed a unique collection based on this art form under the brand name, Darnel & Co.
A jewellery maker for over thirty years, Susan Stopps is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art (1983) and George Brown College Jewellery Arts program, with a three year Diploma in Goldsmithing (1986). She has been a participant in numerous design and technique workshops, and employed as a professional jeweller. Susan has exhibited and sold her work in numerous shows, stores, and galleries across North America. In addition to being a Community Course Instructor at The Living Arts Centre since 2002, Susan has been teaching at the Toronto District School Board Continuing Education Program since 1985, and at various high schools and art camps for the Ontario Arts Council’s Artist in Education program since 1997. She has also taught at the post-secondary level at George Brown College, Sir Sandford Fleming College (Haliburton School of the Arts) and at Nunavut Arctic College in Coral Harbour, Nunavut, where she established their jewellery making program and studio.