alfi elden

alfi elden

arte facte jewels




After five days interning at The Goldsmith Shop at Hope Bay on Pender Island, B.C., Peter Binner, a master goldsmith, said to her: “Now, go away and make 300 bezels”. In the 15 years since she has become a studio jeweler living and working in Lillooet, B.C. Using a simple small business model, she has created Arte Fact Jewels initially supplementing her jewelry income with work as a prospector (someone who seeks mineralized rock outcrops) for grassroots mineral exploration companies, work that has taken her to field locations across Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.

During this time, she completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Emily Carr University of Art & Design in Vancouver receiving instruction in sculpture, drawing, painting, film and sound. Building upon a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and a diploma in GIS mapping, this education and work experience is the foundation for her work teaching her ways to explore ideas materially, conceptually and ethically.

artist statement

I make art as an extension of Self and Life Experience. Like a seed, spreading and stretching up towards the Light and down into the subterranean Dark, the impulse is persistent and irresistible…

I am interested by:

+ Appearance: masks, mirrors, thresholds, windows; shadow

+ Color: emotional influence; the necessity for ‘grey’

+ Water: its ephemeral nature: presence yet transparent

+ Music: its intimacy and vibration; its relationship to the visceral or cellular body

+ Landscape: w/respect to ‘home’ – Where do you feel ‘at home’

+ Nomads: How to Be (or remain) One…

I am inspired by observation of detail, then framing a situation and working within the frame…

At the beginning, there is an idea. Sometimes I sketch it; sometimes I visualize it. I might be inspired by shadows cast on a wall, by an object from daily life, by a material. My intention is to release the image, to give it freedom.  It is a way of communicating, to share with others  and to understand what it is to be human.