SORREL VAN ALLEN: A FINE LINE

Crafting jewellery and objects using ancient silversmithing techniques and modern technologies, Sorrel Van Allen explores contemporary associations between material value and craft labour. From design through fabrication, she carefully blends traditional methods of hand cutting and metal forming with machine cutting technologies and industrial surface coatings typically used in the automotive industry.

Through these intricate and colourful forms, Sorrel challenges perceptions of technological and traditional craft values by contrasting elements of both. 

Flowers

Sorrel Van Allen
Petal Necklace: Silver, Gold, Guava 26”x3.5x1.5cm Sterling Silver, 24 Karat Gold Keum-boo, Brass, Powder Coat  Techniques: Hand and Machine Cutting, Traditional application of Keum-boo, detail

Sorrel Van Allen

Regular price $790.00
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Petal Necklace: Silver, Gold, Guava

26”x3.5x1.5cm, 2022

Sterling Silver, 24 Karat Gold Keum-boo, Brass, Powder Coat

Techniques: Hand and Machine Cutting, Traditional application of Keum-boo

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Tulip Drop Earrings: Grey and Guava (triple) 7x1.5x1.5cm Brass, Powder Coat, Sterling Silver  Techniques: Machine cut, hand folded

Sorrel Van Allen

Regular price $190.00
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Tulip Triple Drop Earrings: Grey and Guava 

7x1.5x1.5cm, 2022

Brass, Powder Coat, Sterling Silver

Techniques: Machine cut, hand folded

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Petal Necklace: Orange Blossom and Silver 18”x2.5x1.5cm Sterling Silver, Steel (clasp), Powder Coat  Techniques: Hand cutting
Sorrel Van Allen

Sorrel Van Allen

Regular price $1,345.00
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Petal Necklace: Orange Blossom and Silver

18”x2.5x1.5cm, 2022

Sterling Silver, Steel (clasp), Powder Coat

Techniques: Hand cutting

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Petal Drop Earrings: Silver and Orange, Silver and Grey (triple) 10x1.5x1.5cm Petal Drop Earrings: Silver and Orange
Petal Drop Earrings: Silver and Grey (triple)

Sorrel Van Allen

Regular price $310.00
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Petal Drop Earrings: Silver and Orange, Silver and Grey (triple)

10x1.5x1.5cm, 2022

Brass, Powder Coat, Sterling Silver

Techniques: Hand and machine cutting

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Fancy Petal Drop Earrings: Grey and Silver (triple) 8.5x2x1cm Sterling Silver, Brass, Powder Coat  Techniques: Hand and Machine Cutting

Sorrel Van Allen

Regular price $450.00
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Fancy Petal Drop Earrings: Grey and Silver (triple)

8.5x2x1cm, 2022

Sterling Silver, Brass, Powder Coat

Techniques: Hand and Machine Cutting

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Sorrel Van Allen

Sorrel Van Allen

Regular price $165.00
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Petal Pendant in Guava

18” Pendant: 2.5 x2 x 1cm, 2022.

Brass, Sterling Silver, Powder Coat

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Petal Pendant in Guava 16" Pendant: 1.5 x .7x.7cm Brass, Sterling Silver, Powder Coat  Techniques: Machine cut, hand fabricated

Sorrel Van Allen

Regular price $130.00
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Petal Pendant in Guava

16" Pendant: 1.5 x .7x.7cm

Brass, Sterling Silver, Powder Coat

Techniques: Machine cut, hand fabricated

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Silver

Peony Earrings, Silver 4.5x3.5x1.5cm Sterling Silver  Techniques: Hand cutting

Sorrel Van Allen

Regular price $660.00
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Peony Earrings in sterling silver. The peony hangs from a separate delicate hoop. 

4.5x3.5x1.5cm, 2022

Techniques: Hand cutting

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origami

Sorrel Van Allen

Sorrel Van Allen

Regular price $560.00
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Origami Pendant in Yellow

33” Pendant: 6x6x2cm, 2022

Sterling Silver, Brass, Powder Coat

Techniques: Machine Cutting, Hand Folded

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small guava (red) origami hoops
small light yellow origami hoops
small grey origami hoops

Sorrel Van Allen

Regular price $130.00
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Small Origami Hoops in Grey, Pale Yellow, or Guava.

3x3x1cm, 2022

Brass, Sterling Silver, Powder Coat

Techniques: Machine Cut, Hand folded

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Peony Cocktail Ring, in Ocher 3.5x3x3cm Sterling Silver, Nu-Gold, Powder Coat  Techniques: Hand cutting and foldin

Sorrel Van Allen

Regular price $290.00
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Peony Cocktail Ring, in Ocher

3.5x3x3cm, 2022

Sterling Silver, Nu-Gold, Powder Coat

Techniques: Hand cutting and folding

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Origami Pendant in Blue 18” Pendant: 2.5x2.5x1cm Sterling Silver, Brass, Powder Coat  Techniques: Machine cut, hand fabricated

Sorrel Van Allen

Regular price $230.00
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Origami Pendant in Blue

18” Pendant: 2.5x2.5x1cm

Sterling Silver, Brass, Powder Coat

Techniques: Machine cut, hand fabricated

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Peony Cocktail Ring, in Orange Blossom  3.5x3x3cm  Sterling silver, Nu-Gold, Powder Coat  Techniques: Hand cutting

Sorrel Van Allen

Regular price $290.00
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Peony Cocktail Ring, in Orange Blossom

3.5x3x3cm

Sterling silver, Nu-Gold, Powder Coat

Techniques: Hand cutting

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The winner of the 17th annual National Jewellery Student Competition at L. A. Pai Gallery in 2020, Sorrel Van Allen is a jewellery and object maker with a background in industrial welding and artistic blacksmithing. She has studied computer aided design and craft history at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland, and holds a BFA Major in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing from NSCAD University.

After graduation, Sorrel completed a year-long residential silversmithing program at Bishopsland Educational Trust, Oxfordshire, U.K. and the nine-month Metal airCraft Residency at Centre for Craft Nova Scotia. Her work has been exhibited and published in Canada, the United States and Europe, notably in Germany and the U.K. Sorrel is currently a Kjipuktuk/Halifax based artist, educator, and an active member of the Canadian art jewellery community.