Fervour's Own is a collection of jewellery, for all genders, designed and made in Halifax, Nova Scotia by Kiersten Holden-Ada.
Central to FOj's designs are explorations of multiplicity, experimentation, and the blurring of binaries. Using combinations of textures, processes, and materials to reflect an embodiment of the in-between, Fervour's Own is a fusion of masculine & feminine, natural & constructed, precious & common, modest & bold, crude & refined. A subversion of either/or.
Born and raised on the Manitoban prairies, Kiersten headed eastcoastward to study at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax from 2002-2009.
After studying jewellery design & metalsmithing at NSCAD, Kiersten took a break from the bench, to focus on larger-scale work with ceramics & audio installations. These facets of their artistic practice lend to and inform the jewellery-based work to which they have returned through Fervour's Own; making smaller-scale sculpture for the body.
"With jewellery and adornment serving as a facet of self-expression---the means by which we present/perform our often varied, complex, and overlapping identities---I aim to make wearable pieces that might reflect some of the tension, contrast, and balance we all embody to some degree. Adornment that is, in some small way, a declaration and celebration of the ways in which we each mix it up."