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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.
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.
Melina Panara is an artist, designer, jeweller, and maker. Creativity is her passion and using her imagination is a key component in her everyday life. Whether she is mixing oil paints for a custom painting commission, laying out unique print compositions, or forming precious metals into one-of-a-kind jewellery pieces, Melina is always thinking of ways to use her creativity. Melina has an Honours degree in Fine Arts from the University of Guelph and is currently honing her craft in Jewellery Arts at George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario.Melina is the creator of NAKIIT, a jewellery brand that focuses on handmade, limited edition pieces. Each piece in the collection is carefully designed and meticulously handcrafted by her. Her jewellery creations are a testament to her dedication and love for the craft. To learn more about her & view her collections visit www.nakiit.com.