"I make each piece by hand, specializing in a technique called piercing, where a hand saw with an exceptionally fine blade is inserted through a flat sheet of metal and skillfully maneuvered to cut out the shapes. Although highly labour-intensive, this technique encourages me to experience each piece as a moving meditation, pushing the limits of my craft with exceptional care and patience before the vision of each piece can be realized."
- Kiley Granberg, BFA, Art Jeweller
Influenced by an early love of printmaking, primarily block and screen printing, Kiley Granberg's approach to jewellery captures the clean crisp lines between positive and negative space.
Born in Alberta, Kiley spent much of her adolescence exploring the outdoors and creating art. A deep reverence for the natural world influenced her artistry and eventually led her to Red Deer College to earn a Visual Arts diploma with a focus in printmaking. She subsequently earned a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the Alberta University of the Arts, where she majored in Jewelry and Metals, graduating with distinction.
Under the instruction of Charles Lewton-Brain and other art professionals at AUA, Kiley gleaned valuable skills in both design and execution when creating art jewellery. She was honoured with several student awards in addition to being a finalist in the Niche Jewellery Awards, hosted in Philadelphia, PA.
On Kiley's first day of Jewellery 101, she was introduced to the work of Joan Irvin. Immediately taken with her precise saw work, Kiley envisioned her own art aesthetic translated into metal. Piercing, a technique using a hand saw and exceptionally fine blades, has become her calling.
Now, with several years of practice refining her skills, Kiley continues to push the limits of her tools and process to produce one-of-a-kind art jewellery out of her studio in Comox, British Columbia.
Forever hungry for adventure, Kiley's next endeavor will take her across Canada in her vintage travel trailer turned jewellery studio. She aims to continue capturing the fleeting moments of awe found in nature while sharing her experience and technical skill with others.