Martina Page is a Mixed Media Artist, who joined us for her fourth year here at Copper and Fire. She creates what she describes as, “One of a Kind, Original works for Wearable Art”. She combines her passion for education and artistic talent to create wearable art, rather than fine jewellry.
With a philosophy of “If it’s creative, I’ll try it”, Martina works with all Media, from metals and stones to paints and paper. For her wearable jewellery, using heat to fire paint, and forcing corrosion, she turns old objects into beautiful pieces that embrace the natural tendencies of the metals through common wear. She is not afraid to embrace mistakes, and becomes “excited about imperfections”. If you study her craft, you’ll find an artist searching for the beautiful flaw. She is proud that hers are not the types of pieces you will find in a mall jewelry store.
Her inspiration gravitates towards nature. She says that this is perhaps because of her Coast Salish ancestry or perhaps because of being born and raised in British Columbia. She is not fixated however and changes things up when inspired.
With regards to Copper & Fire, she has always loved the event as she has a real fondness for alternative forms of education and loves interactive demonstrations. She feels that demonstrating here is fitting for her chosen style of art. The participants generally have a fondness for metals which makes it all the more rewarding for artists like herself to share. She gets a lot of satisfaction from giving others the chance to make their very own One-of-a-kind Original, something she can’t get from displaying her work in an art gallery.
Her advice to aspiring artists is to, “create art to be an artist, express yourself and enjoy your creativity”. She stresses that art should be a passion, not a chore and that even if you do sell your pieces because people love your work, you should still be creating them for yourself.
Martina Page’s Biography
Martina Jean Page lives in squamish with her two children. She is a mixed media artist with an insatiable
thirst to create with whatever she gets her artistic little hands on. Sources
say (her mom) she started drawing the moment she could hold a pencil and she
has the baby book to prove it. Martina's focus is on wearable works of art
consisting primarily of a variety of metals including sterling
silver, copper and brass, found objects sourced locally and abroad and
Martina loves a challenge and is keen to experiment working with
different materials and techniques. A favourite endeavour is "Creating Wearable
Art One-of-a-Kind at a Time" via commissioned works for Adventurous
clientele who are excited to have an original piece designed through
inspiration derived from a 'learn about you' meeting. It is like an exciting
piece abstract art designed especially to reflect your interests, personality
and adventurous side. Check out www.MartinaJeanPage.com to see examples of her original style of
fire painting, cold connecting and engraving metals. Enjoy!
Read more about other Copper & Fire 2014 Artists