Rebecca Fernando’s work usually isn’t small enough to be worn – you’re more likely to see her creativity at work in Ottawa’s skyline. When approached by Magpie Jewellery to take part in their Support Local Benchworks project, she jumped at the chance. A founder of PLOTNONPOLT Architecture, Rebecca is working to create spaces and places that resonate with Ottawans, and build a sense of pride in the city.
As part of Benchworks, Rebecca stepped away from designing buildings to design a ring. It’s a simple piece that references architectural lines, and, like all of the Benchworks pieces, is available for November only at Magpie Jewellery. We asked Rebecca to tell us more about her work and why she decided to get involved in the Benchworks project.
I was approached to create a piece for Magpie Jewellery’s Benchworks, and tried to do so through an architectural lens. This was an amazing opportunity to explore the techniques of creating a piece of jewellery with Magpie’s goldsmiths. I designed a ring that employs the shape of the archetypal (gabled) house, a motif prevalent in Ottawa neighbourhoods. Building awareness of the local art/design community is integral in discovering Ottawa’s potential and fighting its conservative stigma.
What was it like, developing a piece of jewellery, rather than your usual art form?
This year’s Support Local theme is “Home is there the ______ is” – instead of the usual heart, we’re adding the image of Ottawa, which makes a heard. What would you fill in that blank with – what is at the heart of our city?