dawn paterson

haute-couture jewelry canadian artist

My inspirational drive to create haute couture .950 wearable silver sculpture jewellery comes from the culture and colonial architecture of countries where I have lived and visited – Spain, Mexico, Greece and France. The wrought iron gateways and window grates, sculpted and curvy, mosaic adornments and colourful hillside dwellings, narrow colonial passageways, the glorious sun sparkled beaches, breezy swirling oceans of multi-coloured blue and green waters, magnificent basilicas surrounded with lush song bird filled jardins. Architecture of ancient times, the ruins of greek gods, mexican mayans, and the multitude of colours and textures creatively fabricated into works of ancestral art.


I melt fine silver to make .950 silver of a higher grade, then roll out the ingot to each particular shape and size for the designs which unfold as if being overtaken by the gods themselves.


In 1990 I gained a diploma in Graphic Design from Capilano University in Vancouver, Canada. In 2000 I studied and gained a diploma in Silversmithing with Billy King of Sterling Quest School in San Miguel Allende Guanajuato, Mexico.


My addiction to creating unique silver designs settled in my soul after living and learning in this little colonial pueblo. At the same time, I apprenticed with Pepe Ceroblanco, designer/jeweller, and Juan Nieto, fashion designer, in San Miguel. Over the next 5 years, I worked alongside numerous “Joyeros” in Guanajuato, Cozumel, Zihuatanejo and Puerto Vallarta. When travelling to Barcelona, Spain in 2008, I studied mosaic art techniques with Martin Brown, mosaic artist.


Dawn has a studio in victoria on vancouver island in british columbia. We are proud to have Dawn represented in our gallery and we proudly wear unique jewellery she creates for us. Her work is unique and collected worldwide across Canada, Mexico – Manzanillo, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, San Miguel Allende Guanajuato and Puerto Vallarta.  She has strong community roots and most recently contributed to the St. Joe’s Women’s Centre in Ottawa.


It is always a pleasure to have Dawn join us for our exhibits in ottawa.  i love the energy she brings with her along with the trunk of new creations she arrives with each time.


phil emond – gallerist

dulce - haute couture jewellery available