Kathy Fenton was drawing before she could even walk. She grew up in Ottawa, Ontario immersed in an artistic environment with a mother who was an artist and art teacher. Kathy excelled in her own artistic endeavours and received several awards and accolades for her achievements in both art and piano.
Kathy got her university degree in business, worked in a variety of industries, travelled extensively abroad, and then returned to university to get her MBA.
At this point she relocated to Toronto to work for a major oil and gas company. After an extensive 10 year career as a marketing and sales executive she found herself reexamining her career aspirations and deciding corporate life wasn’t her destiny, and that it was time for her to return to her artistic roots.
Kathy then pursued her creative interests by taking several classes in jewelry design, beading, metal work, silver smithing and precious metal clay, at the Burlington Art Centre, Mohawk College, The Dundas Valley School of Art, and Beadflow Hamilton Art Studio. She finally found her true calling by combining her love of jewelry with her love of art.
She now teaches classes and workshops in her home studio in Ancaster, The Creative Hub, in Waterdown and various Burlington libraries.
Silvana has been interested in needle work since she was a child, learning to crotchet, knit, embroider and sew from her mother and grandmother.
She has studied jewelry making and silversmithing at Mohawk College, Sheridan College, The Burlington Art Centre as well as the Beadflow studio in Hamilton where she continues her studies.
Her work has been published in Bead & Button Magazine, Beadwork and the Canadian Beading Magazine, where she has been both a winner and runner up in her designs.
She has been a part of Art in Action in Burlington since 2009 and also sells her work privately, at home shows and through local retailers.
Silvana, a retired teacher, now enjoys teaching jewelry making to both adults and children in her home and in her community. She is inspired by the world around her, natural and man-made. She enjoys working and experimenting with new materials to create her one-of-a-kind designs.