Shelbey Dodds is a contemporary jeweller based in Toronto. She received her BFA in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing from NSCAD University in 2015. In 2016, she was awarded a Professional Development Grant from Arts Nova Scotia, which enabled her to travel to and research Joya Barcelona (Spain) and the Goldsmiths Fair (London, UK). She returned to Halifax to participate in the Centre for Craft Nova Scotia’s airCRAFT Program, a nine-month career development emerging artist residency. During this time, she developed collections influenced by the architecture, colour, and pattern observed throughout her travels. Shelbey was accepted as an Artist-in-Residence (Metal) at Harbourfront Centre in 2017.
My work is developed through traditional fabrication methods employing sterling silver, yellow gold, and is accented with an alternative colouring technique – powdercoating. Minimal forms communicate the explicit observation of infrastructure encountered in daily life – the offbeat stones of a walkway, paint peeling from the wall of a concrete underpass, smokestacks of an eastern shoreline. These thoughts are reflected into jewellery pieces such as earrings, pendants, brooches, and rings.