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Hot Art: Natural Artist

Butterfly Locket

Calgary artist, and owner of Franny E. Adornment Gallery in Art Central, 22-year-old Frances Strathern, accents her handcrafted jewellery line with materials like semi-precious stones, local stained glassand objects found in nature. One of her favourite pieces is an oversized metal locket inscribed with the quote, “I only ask to be free, the butterflies are free,” by Charles Dickens. Adorned with a yellow, hand-blown glass stone and accented by real butterfly wings, the locket was made while Strathern attended the Alberta College of Art and Design. While the piece is not for sale due to its sentimental value, Strathern carries other pieces featuring this accent like her set of long chains with colourful butterfly-wing pendants incased in glass. Prices range from $75 – $200. 100 – 7 Ave SW. -Allison Onyett

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