This week for The Style Files I've done a little write up on my wonderful friend Madeleine and her beautiful jewelry shop, It Must Be Nice To Be A Bird.
Madeleine is from Penticton, and now lives in Victoria. She did her first year of the BFA program at UBCO, which is how we met, and has now transferred to a different program in Victoria. She has always been a very creative person, with illustration being her forte. It was this flair for illustrating beautiful scenes that led to the start of her jewelry company.
It Must Be Nice To Be A Bird began in 2011. Madeleine was making jewelry for herself, her friends, and just for fun until she was approached at an event by a woman who loved her handmade necklace and wanted to carry them in her shop. Since then she has had great success with her company. Her jewelry has been carried at a few stores in Kelowna such as Frock, at shops in Victoria and Vancouver, and several stores throughout the United States.
Madeleine makes necklaces that feature hand painted portrait style scenes in wooden shells. They are of woodland creatures, animals, and landscapes. Each piece is hand crafted by Madeleine herself, and they are made mainly from recycled materials. While the chains come from a wholesaler, the wood comes from old wine barrels from the Vincor winery in Oliver. The barrels get cut down and crafted into little frames for her beautiful painted animals. Although Madeleine sometimes makes duplicates of the same imagery, each piece is unique due to the different pieces of wood that come from these barrels.
What I really love about these necklaces is not only their unique style and the fact that they're handmade, but also that the pieces are so versatile. It would be easy for most people to find something they like from It Must Be Nice To Be A Bird. The animals featured range from bunnies and badgers to more exotic creatures like peacocks and giraffes. Some of the necklaces have a more simplistic style while others are elaborate pieces with lots of background detail.
These necklaces range from 40 to 80 dollars in price. While her shop currently sells only necklaces, Madeleine plans to make pins in the future. Her pieces make great gifts for a friend or a nice treat for yourself. Scroll down to check out a few of my favorite pieces from the shop!