Aylesford jeweller shows off her unique pieces at the Golden Globes

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Jewelry inspired by an Annapolis Valley childhood made its debut in Los Angeles this month.

Kings County native Theresa Capell showed off her handmade, whimsical Foxine earrings, necklaces and brooches at a gifting suite at the Golden Globes.  

The jewelry line is inspired by fairytales, nature and vintage glamour, Capell said from California last week after the Hollywood Foreign Press Association film and TV awards.   

“As a little kid, I was always making clothes for dolls and making jewelry for my little animals,” she said of her childhood in Kentville and Aylesford. “I would go out in the woods and gather natural materials and make stuff out of that.”

After graduating from West Kings High School, Capell fell in love with the jewelry program at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, which she graduated from last year. She has since found a following at the Seaport Market in Halifax, as well as online.

“I use birch bark, pine cones, vintage laces, old pocket watches that I repurpose,” she said of the “whimsical and adventurous,” work.

 “Whoever buys that piece is really making a statement about who they are inside.”

Earrings made from Nova Scotian trees don’t leap to mind as fitting in among the glamorous of Beverly Hills, but she said her work proved popular among the celebrities and media at the event.

Fittingly, cast members of the fairytale-themed TV show Once Upon a Time, including Capell’s favourites Meghan Ory and Rapheal Sbarge, visited her booth, both taking home birch bark earrings.

Actor Angela Basset, who Capell considers a fashion icon, was also a notable visitor.

“She was so kind and really fun. She really loved how much sparkle I had in my pieces.”

While the natural world may inspire her work, movie star style also was in her mind as she created some of the pieces.

“I thought about Hollywood when I was building my portfolio,” she said. “The 1920s and that kind of elaborate, glamour style.”

Having that portfolio picked up by a representative from an “entertainment gifting agency,” is what brought her the Golden Globes opportunity.

“She loved the unique qualities they had,” Capell said. “They’re all handmade. They aren’t the run of the mill, store bought jewelry”

In all, she gave away about 70 of her pieces.

“It was definitely worth it,” she said, adding she hopes to see her work on TV some day.

“I got really good feedback,” she said of some network visitors. “They really liked how (the pieces) have a real presence and make good visuals on screen.”

An Access Hollywood host also picked up a pair of earrings and promised to wear them on the show.

After the awards, Capell spent a few days as a tourist in the area, visiting Hollywood and Venice Beach, as well as leaving her business cards with some shops. 

“It’s good to see where my work would fit in up here,” she said.

“It inspires me to get my pieces more out there. There is another market for my work and I should push myself further. I want to hold down what I have in Nova Scotia, but branch out.”

 

Meeting the celebrities

 

Meghan Ory, of Once Upon a Time and Intelligence, told Capell she “loves Halifax and its natural surroundings,” having visited family and friends in Nova Scotia. Ory took home a pair of filigreed birch bark earrings.

 

Dot Marie Jones, of Glee, said the Foxine pieces were "Definitely spectacular! Each piece is so different and one of a kind.”

 

Rapheal Sbarge,  Once Upon a Time, is one of Capell’s favourites.

"I definitely was ecstatic to see him in person! He was one of the stars I was praying to meet,” Capell said of the actor, who also chose birch bark earrings for his wife. “His personality holds true to his TV personality as Jiminy Cricket - he is the conscience of the show. He's wise, kind, caring, and you can tell he has a compassionate heart - and a real sweetheart too!"

 

Angela Bassett, most recently of American Horror Story: Coven, impressed Capell. “She absolutely loved my pieces, and was very encouraging! She spent quite some time carefully going over each pieces, and loved each ones unique adventurous qualities. It makes me feel great knowing that such a fashion icon like Angela would be walking away with a piece to incorporate into her wardrobe. It inspires me to keep creating. In the end she picked out an eye catching piece made from a repurposed vintage brooch. A sparkling piece!"

 

Kendrick Sampson, of Vampire Diaries,  “stole her heart,” Capell said.  “He has such a fantastic sense of style! We had a great connection and talked about his role in the show. In the end, I helped him pick out a lovely piece to take home to his mom.

 

Shane Morris, write on Disnye’s new movie Frozen,  and friend Eric Williams - picking out some lovely pieces for their wives. "You could definitely tell he has a fun spirit, and he was super excited to be able to take home a unique piece to his wife!" Capell said of Morris.

 

Grant Bowler, of Defiance and True Bloods, and his partner Melissa spent some time chatting with Capell.  "They absolutely loved the idea of creating pieces that were made from repurposed pieces - they carry stories and narratives of the past, which also allow you to incorporate new adventures into its newly created form as a jewelry piece. They very much related to that idea, sharing stories and relations to objects of the new and old. In the end, Melissa picked out a stunning yellow and pearl flower neck piece made from a repurposed vintage brooch that dated back to the 1920s."

 

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  • joan atwell
    January 23, 2014 - 08:26

    that is fantastic, a lot of nova scotians and anyone from here is so smart and gifted. my granddaughter amara atwell is into making her own doll clothes ,she is 12 years old and she is so smart. you can see her fashions on facebook from time to time on her dolls. but really proud of you for getting to the golden globes with your jewellery. power to you . hope it keeps being great for you.