Meet The Face Behind

STRUT JEWELRY

A BRIKA maker story

Alyssa Spaxman

ORLEANS, ON
"I believe that what you wear should make you feel free. "
“I’m largely self-taught through many, many hours of working and practicing.”

“Making things is something I’ve always done, and feel driven to do in my soul.”


“I love to see how other cultures use adornment and art. I try to bring some of that to my work.”


“Making things is something I’ve always done, and feel driven to do in my soul.”


Strut Jewelry is a small contemporary artisan jewelry company founded in 2009 by Alyssa Spaxman. Based in Ottawa, Canada, the Strut Jewelry aesthetic has a strong focus on the modern gypsy; an eclectic, stylish, freedom-loving woman. Alyssa has made things with her hands for as long as she can remember. She quickly figured out she learned best by diving in and going for it. She loves the challenge of making something new and seeing if she can make it work. It's the ultimate rush for her as an artist.


Making things with her hands is her first love and her complete obsession. Everyday she is thankful that Strut Jewelry is her full-time work and is grateful to be able to make a living doing what she loves.

Tell us about a challenge you’ve had to overcome and how it affects/has affected your work.

I think most solo entrepreneurs struggle with something at one point or another. My biggest struggle is having enough time to run my business and enough time for myself. I notice when I start to neglect myself the business inevitably suffers. Balance is something that feels elusive sometimes, and I can’t say I’ve overcome it, but I try!

Walk us through your production/design process.

I have a very eclectic collection, so production and design varies quite a bit. One day I might be carving wax for casting, and the next at the bench sawing, filing and sanding metal, and another day just doing straight-up assembly work. I’m frequently struck by combinations of things I see randomly on my (messy!) work table, and use those as jumping off points for new pieces. Lately I’ve been working with geometric shapes and love seeing how those shapes can be manipulated on the bench.

Who do you look up to?

My mom. She’s super creative and has always been a huge support for me!


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PRODUCTS BY STRUT JEWELRY
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