Circus Jewelry by Chantelle Wilson

Posted on Jun 18, 2013 in Stuff | 3 comments

Flying TrapezeWhat A Novel Idea is an aptly named shop where you can find some really unique jewelry items; many with a circus twist. It showcases the 1930′s and 40′s inspired creations of Chantelle Wilson. We managed to catch up with Chantelle to discuss her art and inspiration.




Circus Girl Magazine: Tell us about your jewelry.

Chantelle Wilson: My life has been filled with many creative outlets and if I haven’t done something creative in a while I’ll find myself painting the fridge paisley or dying my cats fur yellow to make her look like a lion. Luckily I recently found a love, nay obsession, for making quirky jewelry.

After having traveled the world as a singer and dancer I came back to Toronto and started my own three part harmony swing band called The Maisies. Singing and developing a love for music from the 30′s and 40′s snowballed into an appreciation of vintage poster art from that era. I was seeing a lot of jewelry claiming to be “handmade” but most of it seemed to be made using cheap supplies with very little thought going into its creation. I wanted to make something that was drawn from the imagination of past artists and then twisted into creations of my own design. The artwork from the circus posters of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is so full of fun and tells such colorful tales that is seemed perfect to be used to tell stories in my own jewelry. The idea of the circus has always been filled with so much romance and mystery that it seems to touch a universal chord with people as they’re taken away to another world and I wanted my pieces to inspire that same feeling.

I’m really enjoying  the reaction I’ve received from my circus themed jewelry and have sold items to trapeze artists in Finland, elephant wranglers in The States and jugglers in Spain!

Barnum and Bailey Elephant Circus Necklace PendantCGM: Do you have any circus background?

Chantelle: I don’t have any direct background with the circus but with performance. I worked all over the world singing and dancing on cruise ships. There was some aerial work but nothing as intense as what trapeze artists accomplish. I do understand the focus, sacrifice and time it takes in order to dedicate your life to the passion of performance. I’ve also worked in musical theatre and know the close bonds you form with people in your cast who become a type of surrogate family for the time you’re together.

CGM: Thank you so much for your time!

Chantelle: Thanks!

Chantelle also takes custom orders and can be contacted via her website.