The designer behind the local jewellery brand Shakti (meaning liberation), Sarah Bowker’s work is inspired by wisdom traditions, yoga wisdom, and the meanings of gemstones.
Her favourite part of her business is the bespoke side that allows her to meet her clients in person (or through social media if they don’t live in the city). “I like to meet my clients one-on-one so they can have an actual experience,” says Bowker. “You can get jewellery anywhere now, there is such an excess of jewellery, and I just want the wearer to have an experience, to feel empowered by their pieces.”
Bowker draws every design herself and then the elements for each piece are hand faceted by her suppliers, which include the hill tribes in Thailand who do metalwork using ancient techniques. The gemstones she uses are sourced from all over the world.
One of the most interesting things about Shakti is that the brand is constantly evolving. “I rarely re-make designs. I am constantly doing new collections every few months, and things are rarely repeated. My spirit is in what I do, and I [find myself] working with different stones at different points in my life, which is really interesting. So people who like Shakti are getting a little of my life experience too.”
Up next for this local designer is a month-long pop-up shop, which she is hoping to launch this fall or spring 2017 — stay tuned to her website for more information. You can also shop her pre-made pieces on her website or contact her to create your own custom design. —Lindsay Shapka