Alexandra Lanzarotta – LXandra Jewellery

Biography

After graduating from G.P. Vanier Secondary and the University of Victoria, I moved to the Lower Mainland to pursue a career and raise a family. During these years I began what has become a life-long journey of studying and learning jewellery-making techniques. 

Although I am mostly a self-taught artist, I have studied lampwork glass techniques under Joanne Andrighetti and Barry Edwards, and have recently taken several silver-smithing courses with Barry Edwards. 

It is my hope that my designs, in some small way, transform those who wear them. I like to think that my jewellery is about the magic of individualism and transformative power of style. If a piece conjures a memory or feeling, or shapes our self-perception, it becomes part of our unique sense of self.

In the past 20 years I have presented in several shows, including the following: 

Filberg Festival (several years)                              

Courtenay Christmas Show (Charles Dickens)

Island Music Festival

Qualicum/Nanaimo Christmas Show (Kris Kringle)     

Coquitlam Christmas Craft Fair

Hycroft Christmas Artisans Show

West Coast Women’s Show 

One-of-a-Kind-Show in Victoria   

I have sold my work in the Object Design Gallery on Granville Island and Cricket Gallery in Maple Ridge, and have participated in the Maple Ridge Artist Studio Tours for many years.  I have also held several sales fairs in my own sales studio in Maple Ridge and had developed a consistent following of people who attended on a regular basis.

I now live in the Comox Valley and will be participating in this year’s Comox Valley Artist Studio Tour.  I will also have my home studio open for a private studio sale at Christmas, the first of what will hopefully become a more frequent sales event.  I am very much looking forward to taking a more active role in the Comox Valley artists’ community and to participating in Island-based artisan shows and events.

My Creations

Jewellery is, for me, a form of self-expression, intuition and creativity. Keeping color, balance, structure, and uniqueness in mind, I design intriguing one-of-a-kind creations. My designs incorporate several aspects of expressing my creativity. A necklace, for example, may have several hand-woven gourd stitch beads, my own lamp work glass beads, and my hand-crafted sterling-silver caps and sterling-silver precious metal clay clasps and charms. 

My work encompasses a wide range of techniques and materials.  I have my own lampwork torches and use these to create beads.  As well I work with several bead looms to create earrings and bracelets, and work with needle and fireline to weave a variety of patterns for necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. I have a press set up to hand-braid leather for bracelets and necklaces, and a station to manufacture metal rings to create chainmaille jewellery. I incorporate various materials including leather, precious and semi-precious stones, vintage glass, vintage shells, and sterling silver.  My techniques and materials change from year to year, with resulting changes in the designs and styles I bring to fairs.

In recent years have expanded my collection of jewellery styles to include Saami-inspired bracelets, earrings, and necklaces.  I base my hand-crafted Saami jewellery on the traditional art form, and add my own designs and braiding patterns for a unique blend of past and present. I use only the highest quality soft vegetable-tanned reindeer leather, hand-spun pewter/sterling silver, and copper thread, imported from the Lapland region of Sweden. I use naturally-shed horn caribou antler buttons and unique vintage pewter or industrial snaps for my closures. Each Saami creation is one-of-a-kind and takes 6 – 12 hours to create.

Each piece of jewellery I create has an emphasis on fine craftsmanship, unique design, and inspiring colors. Twenty years of exploring and developing my creativity has allowed me to create jewellery that is modern yet classic, feminine yet fun, romantic and playful…..with the ultimate goal of making women feel radiant and beautiful.  I consider myself to be both a professional artist and a craftsperson who creates unique pieces that are sure to delight for many years.

 
 
 
Q What are my regular year-round hours?

The LXandra Studio is open year-round by appointment. Please phone or text 778-833-2806 to set up an appointment!

Q Where are you located

LXandra is located at beautiful Kye Bay in Comox, B.C. You can combine a visit to my studio with a wonderful walk along the ocean!

Q What if I find a style I like but want a different color?

I can create custom designs for many of my styles. Please ask and I can let you know if it is possible to create a style with different colors, variations, etc.

Q Do you create custom designs?

Yes, I can create custom designs for special outfits, or for special occasions such as weddings, birthdays, graduations, etc.

Q Do you create jewellery for men?

Although most of my creations are best suited for women I can create designs for men. In particular, some of my beaded bracelets and leather jewellery is very suited to men.

Q Your designs seem very fancy. What if I am looking for something more suited to casual, day-to-day wear?

Many of my designs can be worn either "dressed-up" or "dressed down"! As well, I create a wide range of styles to suit a variety of tastes and situations

Q Do you sell in stores?

At present I only sell from my studio and in artisan shows. Please check my website (www.lxandra.com) for dates of upcoming fairs and studio sales.

Q What forms of payment do you accept?

LXandra currently accepts cash, e-transfer, Visa, and Mastercard. In some situations I will accept a cheque.

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