Meet Laura Dutheil
Laura has lived on Haida Gwaii since 1980 and loves calling it home. She enjoys the pristine natural environment, the abundant wildlife and the peace and quiet. She loves, “observing nature, beach gazing, gardening, berry picking and baking.” Laura is a silver carver and draws inspiration from her coastal environment and the animals – the eagles, ravens, sea lions, herons, whales, bears and hummingbirds.
The opportunity to be financially independent and self sustaining through her craft are some of the reasons Laura enjoys operating her own business. “Showing my product to customers and conversing with them about my jewellery and listening to their feedback,” said Laura, “that’s what I am most proud of.”
Living in a small community is an advantage for entrepreneurs like Laura because “people will always recommend you and are proud to send folks your way.” Haida Gwaii supports small business. “People love to support one another,” Laura said, “especially if they know you.” Laura feels optimistic about the future of small business on Haida Gwaii. “Whoever is ready to serve the public will benefit as the island is being promoted as a bucket list destination,” said Laura. She points to other businesses that are among her many favourites, such as Charlisle, QCVC, Isabelle Creek Store and Sitka Studio and expresses gratitude to the people that support local artisans and crafters.
Creative. Expressive. Memorable.
Tidal Zone Silver Studio offers original handcrafted silver carved jewellery featuring ocean imagery of Haida Gwaii. The one of a kind silver jewellery is handmade on site by artist Laura Dutheil. Tidal Zone Jewellery’s expressive and unique coastal art pieces make collectible keepsakes that capture the island spirit of Haida Gwaii.
Tidal Zone Silver Studio will carve commissioned custom orders on jewellery items with your desired natural themes. Owner and artist Laura is able to carve a custom bracelet or ring that is fitted and sized for the client. Custom carvings include ocean imagery such as sea otter eating urchins or even an engraved message of your choice. There is a wide variety of silver carved jewellery on display at Funk It in the Village of Queen Charlotte and available for purchase.
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