Nicole Bigg Designs

Nicole Bigg Designs has been a long time in the making, going through many metamorphosis on the way. My first class in jewellery design was night school at Vancouver Community Collage in 1992. Soon after I would move to the Slocan Valley in the Kootenays where I set up a studio and worked with fimo clay, copper wire and eventually silver wire . In 2002 I moved to Nelson and had the opportunity to attend the Kootenay School of the Arts for second year jewellery which propelled me to use the acid etching techniques I use today. I now have a beautiful studio in the forest just outside of Nelson where I mostly work alone but have a few helpers that come in at busy times including one of my two daughters.
My designs have mostly asian flower and goddess names and motifs as I have fallen in love with the continent since living in Arabia as a child and traveling around India, Thailand, Japan and Vietnam as an adult ~ finding inspiration along the way.

The colours, textures and patterns that I see around this world are truly amazing and inspiring! In my back yard with the hues of the flowers and foliage popping up in the spring, the symmetry and the unique tactile differences in shells and coral, the designs in architecture that I see on my travels are a few of the things that evoke creativity. I try to recreate this feeling by mixing different colours, textures and patterns in metal. The copper and bronze are mixed with the patina of browns and black, I soften the yellows of brass by antiquing and I use a matt finish on the silver and gold fill to make it look like you’ve been wearing it forever, my pieces are light and designed to feel comfortable wearing everyday.