Leslie Chapman – Miner & Goldsmith
How important is your connection with the source of your materials to your creative work and process?
Leslie Chapman is a Canadian goldsmith from Yukon Territory. In the 70’s, she and her husband left Calgary, Alberta as part of the “back to the land” movement, building their own home in an area that they would later discover was a gold mineral deposit. This would lead to another discovery, the art of goldsmithing.
Leslie shares some insights about what she calls a “chain of custody.” From environmentally conscious gold mining practices to hand forming each piece of jewelry, the objects she is designing pass from the earth, into her hands, and finally into the hands of her customers.
Notes and Links
Check out Leslie’s work at http://fortymilegoldworkshop.ca.
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