The attraction of Jacky Canton's art is its unusual quality.
It speaks to a primacy of the stone and its setting; it
speaks to the earthiness of the fiber and its potential.
Her work can be found in the Carriage Shops in
Elizabeth, but the places where it's displayed more fully
are art shows. She just finished one in Denver and will be
in Manitou Springs from August 31-September 2nd; Estes
Park on September 14 & 15th. What makes her work
stand out is its inventiveness and its attention to what the
stone has to say.
An Elizabeth resident for 5 years, she and her husband,
Tom, a geologist, have found the area peaceful and ideal
A jewelry artist since 1989, Canton collected really
interesting stones since she could remember when her
family visited National Parks, and she still looks for the
unusual: agates from Mexico; petrified wood from
Douglas County; lapis; azurite-all sorts of stones from
across the world. "The pattern or color speaks to me."
She sets them in silver, usually, although she has used
copper and niobium as well, and creates "wearable art"
that is one of a kind.
Fiber, to Jacky Canton, also speaks; but in a different
way from jewelry. Using a technique called NUNO felting,
she melds silk and wool, "rolling it 1,000 times" in order
to make the fibers merge, then dyes it by hand, applying
floral and abstract patterns. She uses local alpaca wool
and also roving: the wool straight off the sheep, for her
A classical flautist, Jacky Canton got a degree at CSU
and co-founded the Colorado Wind Ensemble, with which
she's played. She's interested in beginning a flute choir in
the Elizabeth area, and is happy to take on some
Jewelry and Fiber Artist
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