Order of Artio

Order of Artio Jewelry is handcra fted by Shandy Bearman in her East Vancouver studio / living room. Shandy is a self taught jewelry
designer with a background in Visual Arts.

She is inspired by the beauty in decay and the possibility it o ffers for transformation. To become something new something old must pass
away. OOA is an ‘Order’ for anyone who has been through adversity and come out the other side stronger, wiser and with a renewed sense of strength and appreciation for life.

Shandy holds a BFA from the University of Victoria, but was most inspired by the fantastic mentors at the Camosun College Visual arts program in Victoria BC.


How did you end up making what you make?

I started making jewelry while working on my degree in visual arts. It was ceramic based, handmade, porcelain pendants, and deconstructed necklaces. I was enamored with clay, and the process of creating with it. Shortly after graduating, I moved to Vancouver, and sold my kiln. After a break from my art, I came back to the idea of creating wearable objects but wanted them to be more durable. Working with resin and then metals, gave me the ability to create different forms.

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

I am inspired by everyone and everything that has made up my life. The unexpected inspiration is probably loss. Moving through endings has always been difficult for me, but I am often most creative afterwards. So, destruction becoming creation.

What inspires or drives you to make what you make

In regards to jewelry, I started asking myself why we wear it. I think the way we choose to express aesthetic beauty is a reflection of something deeper. It is the way we outwardly express the experiences that make us ‘us’, to others. I liked the idea of ‘decoration’ as the act of adorning as well as honoring. Many of our experiences aren’t easy or pretty. When we realize we have emerged from those experiences stronger, braver, tougher, wiser and proud of it; that is beautiful.

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

There are so many. I have so much respect for anyone who creates and allows their work to go out into the world. In fact, listing anyone here makes me feel like I am leaving out so many inspiring artists. For the sake of having a short list, the makers that come to mind at this moment are: Blood Milk, The Small Beast, Tanel Veenre, Teagan White, Aaron Horkey, Caitlin and Arlin Ffrench, everyone involved in Collective Howl (feeling truly humbled), Barbe Rousse, Emily Shoichet...and the list goes on and on endlessly.

What is your favourite season and why?

Autumn! It's liminal; not quite winter, not quite summer. It's waiting to become something and is full of so much tangible energy.

Who is your celebrity crush?

Tilda Swinton.

How do you connect to your landbase?

I love watching the seasons change, witnessing plants burst through the recently frozen ground, bear fruit, and then sleep for the winter. There is beauty in the cycle of all things. I love walking any time I can feel solitude within the city. It allows time and space to really notice the living world.

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

In order to arrive at what you are not
You must go through the way in which you are not.
And what you do not know is the only thing you know
And what you own is what you do not own
And where you are is where you are not.

TS. Eliot.