Lord Violet is a subversive, yet femme jewelry line influenced by alternative subculture, film noir, and erotica. Brass is paired with recycled leather, vinyl and vintage metal mesh to create designs that are luxurious, yet eco-responsible. A consistent theme of black and gold creates a dark, provocative and edgy collection that pushes boundaries. Created by independent Canadian designer, Nicola Dawn, out of her home studio based in Montréal.
Nicola grew up in a household where DIY was the norm and crafting being the main form of entertainment. Sheltered from mainstream pop culture allowed her to develop her own aesthetic driven by queer feminist politics, and a fascination and celebration of sexuality.
She is a primarily self taught seamstress, but thanks her parents who encouraged her creativity. She recently took up silversmithing and is excited to challenge her growth as an artist. Her previous projects include FEMININ MASCULIN clothing line, which explored androgyny within an invisible femme identity, and Je Suis Une Femme (high-waisted belts).
Growing up in the capital city of a province with a strong right wing history pushed her to explore design in unconventional ways. Frustrated with limited options in Edmonton for glamorous, yet alternative jewelry, Lord Violet was created in hopes of filling this niche. Lord Violet seeks to empower alternative femmes through subversive style.
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Lord Violet acknowledges that we are on the traditional and unceded territory of the Kanien'kehá:ka (Mohawk). Tiotia:ke (the island called "Montréal"), is a historical gathering place for many Indigenous nations. It continues to be home to a diverse population of Indigenous peoples and communities, which are vital to our prosperity.
This stolen Kanien’kehá:ka Nation territory was made available for settler use and ownership, and settlers continue to benefit from this theft.
As a settler to this territory, it is my responsibility to acknowledge the original keepers of this land, and the current struggles they continue to face due to colonization. Recognition is only a small part of cultivating relationships with First Nations peoples. We all must be engaged and invested in our collective future to move forward together towards reconciliation. This includes self education and active resistance against colonialism.