Warren Mitru started out his love with photography back in high school taking some of the year book pictures. He enjoys taking photographs of nature, architecture and vehicles. He loves to enhance his work digitally - often exaggerating colors or distorting the background. Warren is self taught and does all the matting and framing himself. He has taken some workshops at the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre and with local photographer Brent Parkin.
I have been creating things since I was a teenager when I knit my first sweater. I have done macramé (that’s dating me), pottery, painting in oils, acrylics and water colour, sewing and making teddy bears from old fur coats. I was introduced to silver clay 3 years ago and fell in love with the possibilities this venue has to offer. I took a 3-day workshop and began creating my own jewellery. My main focus has been on pendants and earrings, although I have made rings and bracelets. In the near future I would like to get busy with ring making once again.
In early school report cards, teachers would write, “Encourage her in art; she shows great potential.” Thankfully, I have been able to enjoy a lifetime of creating art and crafts of all sorts, which have sold in local stores and the McKenzie Art Gallery. I am a relative newcomer to the art of jewellery-making, having received instruction on bracelet-making from a co-worker only a year ago. My husband is pretty happy with my new venture, as jewellery-making takes up way less room in our home than my Christmas craft supplies!
Since making my first bracelet, I have added earrings and necklaces to my repertoire. I am fascinated by the ability to put together one-of-a-kind jewellery pieces using glass, semi-precious stones, wood and metal. Colour and texture inspire my creations and I would define my style as “eclectic.” As I experiment with new materials and techniques, I find my work is evolving to new levels. My desire is to create pieces that evoke a positive emotional response from every wearer. I hope you will find as much joy in wearing my jewellery as I do in making it.
Shauna Mitru is a self taught flamework artist that creates each piece of jewellery by hand herself, from the beads to the silver work. Her work is playful and reflects the joy she feels in plying her trade. She teaches bead making classes and is the open studio instructor at the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre in Regina.