Growing up in a small town on Vancouver Island, designer Trudy Wynans always had an inherent fascination with how things were made. As a young child she could often be found in her father's workshop, taking things apart to see how they worked. Although the subsequent recreating of the objects didn't always prove successful, these first experiences were the underlying beginnings of this self-taught designer.
Following her creative passion, she enrolled in a Lost Wax Casting course and instantly felt she had found her true calling. “From the intricate carving of the wax to manipulating the metal into a finished piece, I enjoyed every aspect of this artistic process.” Courses in silversmithing and enamelling followed, as well as experimenting with non-metal mediums that were innovatively incorporated into her designs. The playful use of color and juxtaposition of unorthodox materials have become signatures of her bold statement pieces. Textures from varied mixed media such as vintage lace, fabric and leather combined with self-taught techniques make each piece a unique work of wearable art.
Trudy officially launched her jewellery line TOODLEBUNNY Designs, in the spring of 2006. She works as a full-time artist from her studio in East Vancouver.
Inspiration for my work comes from my surroundings and the materials themselves. I love to incorporate asymmetry, yet somehow keep the pieces balanced with complimentary lines. Working with reclaimed and found materials always challenges me to think out of the box when designing a new piece. Taking vintage or discarded finds and recreate something wearable is always one of my favourite challenges and results in a one of a kind piece. My clients can also spur inspiration when trying on one of my pieces with their comments or suggestions or maybe how they choose to wear the piece other than had originally been intended.