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Meet Our First TIX Holiday Open House Artist: Sandra Paetsch or Orange Avocado

Meet Our First TIX Holiday Open House Artist: Sandra Paetsch or Orange Avocado

Posted on: November 09 2017

Meet the Artist
Sandra Paetsch has always been creating. She began by sewing doll clothes and 40 years later a gift of Hawaiian jewelry stimulated a new career. “I was intrigued with the stones and the how the necklace was made,” says Paetsch. “It inspired me to purchase jewelry making tools and create some pieces.” She soon developed an entire collection and formed Orange Avocado – an homage to her daughter who loved oranges and son who loved avocados. Her line of jewelry has been so well received by the community that Paetsch quit her job as a speech-language pathologist to focus on Orange Avocado full-time.

 

Practice and Inspiration
Paetsch’s handmade jewelry combines classic modern design with natural and organic elements. Her pieces are largely composed of fine silver and bronze metal worked pieces with a sprinkling of semi-precious stones. “I make each collection cohesive and very different from the previous collection,” says Paetsch about designing her seasonal themes. Collections have explored the Cubist movement of the early 20th century as well as studies into shape, form and texture. Paetsch has also been involved in various philanthropic ventures, creating custom pieces to support Sorrentino’s Compassion House, Wings of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation, the Find Azer Kids Now Organization, and The Zebra Child Protection Centre.

She feels her success is linked to our city. “I love everything about Edmonton: the landscape, the people, the opportunities,” says Paetsch. “I feel very lucky to be part of a city that embraces the handmade revolution and is so supportive of small businesses and local handmade goods.” She references the many venues available to local Edmonton artists to display their creations – local craft shows and boutiques, like TIX on the Square.