Candace Cairns Girlband

Candace Cairns is a jeweller and musician who is inspired by the depth of her own feelings, pop super stars, the cosmos, and nihilism. She is a graduate of the Jewellery Art and Design program at Vancouver Community College and the recipient of the Award for Second Year Display (2015).

How did you end up making what you make?

Experimentation has lead me here and now I'm just taking a dip in my favorite pool.

What have you learned in an unexpected place or from an unexpected person that informs your making?

I unexpectedly went back to school, I actually made it through my jewellery program, I met so many amazing women and 2 special men that have changed my outlook on myself and the world forever.

What inspires or drives you to make what you make?

Music, colors, and light inspire me but metal does especially, it begs to be hammered and to be introduced to strange and beautiful stones... I'm happy to hook you up metal, I got you.

Who are some of your favourite other makers? Local? Worldwide?

Frances Elizabeth Strathern with Franny E fine Jewellery.

Adina Mills 

Dominique Brechault 

and its true that I have a big fat crush on many of the artisits involved in collective howl.

What is your favourite season and why?

Autumn.. beacause the colors all look so good on me, funny joke but really my heart sings at this time of the year.

Who is your celebrity crush?

Noel Fielding of the Mighty Boosh and of course Christopher Walken, those dance moves COME ON.

How do you connect to your landbase?

Home is a special thing. Originally from the prairie, I really do feel at home here in Vancouver. The connection between nature and the city is a beautiful thing, support and community are strong. The hardest times of my life have been spent here and so have the very best. What a time to be alive. 

Do you have any sort of mantra or quote that strikes you?

Listen to your heart

everything is good here 

nothing before was real 

never fear everything is here

and you don't need your friends, or family.

Do you remember the first thing you made that you felt was great/ the first time you found passion in being a maker?

When I was a child I set up my first business as many young children do, a lemonaid stand. I ran out of lemonaid so I ran down the street to buy Fresca. I marked that shit right up and sold it to the people of Sylvan Lake. I decided lemonaid wasn't my thing so I started making "good luck charms" - just pony beads on strings with a bunch of rules of how to hang properly to bring the luck that I had made up.

A few funny dads bought them and it was then I realised, I AM A ARTIST.

Love ya!