Laura Jane Atelier

Tonic Jewelry

Tonic Jewelry, Smoking Lily, Victoria, Canada, Monday Magazine, Fashion Blogger

Tonic Jewelry, Smoking Lily, Victoria, Canada, Monday Magazine, Fashion Blogger

Tonic Jewelry, Smoking Lily, Victoria, Canada, Monday Magazine, Fashion Blogger

Tonic Jewelry, Smoking Lily, Victoria, Canada, Monday Magazine, Fashion Blogger

Tonic Jewelry, Smoking Lily, Victoria, Canada, Monday Magazine, Fashion Blogger

Jewelry c/o Tonic Jewelry – Outfit c/o Smoking Lily

This month I had the opportunity to visit Tonic Jewelry and chat with the owner and designer Honor Cienska. Tonic Jewelry is situated in Market Square where you can see Honor at work crafting her own jewelry as well as shop amongst the other local artisans featured in the store. Here is my interview with Honor.

1. What inspired you to start making jewelry and how long have you been doing it ?

I’ve always enjoyed making and gifting . The jewelry making probably started when I was  about 5 years old. I loved making necklaces out of rolled paper beads. I remember being taken a back by the colours and patterns that could be made with the paper.

2. How long did it take you to launch your own business?

I started selling my work at local markets in Victoria in 1994. The Government Street market was one of my regular gigs. In 2004 I started a line of jewelry called Shi Studio. With Shi I took things up a notch and through collaboration with my business partner and  we built up a great team of local designers.  Shi is still in Victoria but I switched tracks to focus more on my silversmithing which culminated in my shop Tonic Jewelry.

3. If you could do it over again what advice would you give to someone just trying to break into the industry?

I’m not sure that I’d do anything differently if I could do it over again. Markets were the perfect place to start. I suggest getting out there. You’ll learn all about effective displays, packaging, pricing, marketing and what people are looking for. Be unique. Be authentic. Don’t just follow the latest trend. You can have the latest aesthetic and styles present in your work but a reflection of you needs to be there as well so that it’s unique and stands the test of time.

4. Who is your style icon?

James Gordaneer, Reverend Allen Tysick,  Albert Einstein,  Frida Kahlo,  Tom Waits. I admire people who are on a mission and their style is being themselves and contributing. I’d wear the same thing everyday as long as what I wore felt “like me” and I could  do what needs to be done in that get up.  I don’t think we should spend an inordinate amount of time trying to have a certain look or  follow a style or trend. I don’t think it’s healthy.

Tonic Jewelry, Smoking Lily, Victoria, Canada, Monday Magazine, Fashion Blogger

Tonic Jewelry, Smoking Lily, Victoria, Canada, Monday Magazine, Fashion Blogger

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Tonic Jewelry, Smoking Lily, Victoria, Canada, Monday Magazine, Fashion Blogger

Tonic Jewelry, Smoking Lily, Victoria, Canada, Monday Magazine, Fashion Blogger

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  1. Kelsey & Kenecha

    July 28, 2016 at 5:44 am

    You look beautiful, nice dress!

    Florals&Smiles

    1. Laura Jane Atelier

      July 28, 2016 at 1:03 pm

      Thanks Kelsey and KEnecha
      xo

  2. Kelsey & Kenecha

    July 28, 2016 at 5:44 am

    You look beautiful, nice dress!

    Florals&Smiles

  3. Candice Petersen

    July 28, 2016 at 5:47 am

    oooe I really like that blazer!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  4. Candice Petersen

    July 28, 2016 at 5:47 am

    oooe I really like that blazer!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  5. www.pazhalabirodriguez.com

    July 28, 2016 at 6:27 am

    Love your outfit, the amazing jewels and the beautiful photos!
    Looking so pretty, as always!
    pazhalabirodriguez.com ♡

  6. thefashionfolks

    July 28, 2016 at 7:47 am

    Lovely interview! Not following a trend but stick to what you believe in is applicable for so many things in life, and espically when it comes to accessories and jewelries! Xx

    http://www.thefashionfolks.com

    1. Laura Jane Atelier

      July 28, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      Thank you, I am so glad you liked the interview
      xo

  7. Emma Engmark

    July 28, 2016 at 7:53 am

    The jewelry is so beautiful. Love the blazer.

    https://tealattewithstyle.com/

  8. Popofstyle

    July 28, 2016 at 8:18 am

    great jacket, it goes with everything!
    x
    Missy
    popofstyle.com

  9. Gingi Edmonds Freeman

    July 28, 2016 at 8:59 am

    I am in love with your style… so pretty! <3 – https://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

  10. Kati

    July 28, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Ah, that dress is so lovely on you!

    -Kati
    https://almoststylish.blogspot.de/

  11. Kati

    July 28, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Ah, that dress is so lovely on you!

    -Kati
    https://almoststylish.blogspot.de/

  12. Marie

    July 28, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    Very lovely dress, I love your style!

    Love,
    M
    The Flower Duet

  13. Hannah | Daily Opulence

    July 28, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Your dress it lovely! It’s so nice with that cozy looking cardigan.

    Shop & Get Inspired | http://www.dailyopulence.com

  14. Glenda Rivera

    July 28, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    How inspiring!! You look great, your accessories are amazing 🙂

    ♥ from http://www.expatpetite.blogspot.com

  15. Rosanna Briguglio

    July 29, 2016 at 12:18 am

    Love the styling, great pictures too!
    Have a lovely weekend 🙂
    Rosanna x
    https://rosesrooftop.blogspot.co.uk/

  16. Denise Sabs

    July 29, 2016 at 8:05 am

    I liked the interview, so much! Tonic Jewelry has a nice mentor, no doubt! And since 1994! I loved that the style icons are, among other, Albert Einstein and Tom Waits! Lovely pictures, you look so sweet, so beautiful! I never saw you with such a nice jacket, I loved it! Today I have something different – a post about self-confidence. Would love to know your opinion! Hope you have a beautiful weekend!
    DenisesPlanet.com

    1. Laura Jane Atelier

      July 29, 2016 at 10:39 pm

      Thanks Denise have a great weekend
      xo

  17. bellodiesseredonna

    July 29, 2016 at 8:12 am

    mi piace tantissimo il vestito

  18. Caliope Couture

    July 29, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    What a great outfit! Especially love the jacket and earrings.
    Have a lovely weekend!
    Christina ♥ https://caliope-couture.com

  19. Iga Parker

    July 30, 2016 at 9:43 am

    I really enjoyed this interview. Thanks for sharing, hun!

    xo,
    Iga
    https://www.stylenightcap.com/

  20. Mikéla Davelyn

    July 30, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Cute outfit! And I really love your new blog header! Definitely my favorite one that you have had 🙂

    xo, mikéla / simplydavelyn.com

    1. Laura Jane Atelier

      July 31, 2016 at 11:00 pm

      Thanks Mikela, I am so glad you like my new header
      xo

  21. Jessica Cangiano

    July 30, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    Terrific interview, ladies. I was especially struck by her list of style icons. Anyone who lists Einstein + Tom Waits amongst such instantly has a kindred spirit in me.

    Many hugs & happy weekend wishes,
    ♥ Jessica

    *PS* Very pretty outfit. That cardi looks scrumptiously cozy.

    1. Laura Jane Atelier

      July 31, 2016 at 11:02 pm

      Thanks Jessica, I hope you had a great weekend
      xo

  22. Pali M

    July 31, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    I really loved this interview, especially her answer to your fourth question. I completely agree 🙂 Also, I love your outfit!

  23. Pali M

    July 31, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    I really loved this interview, especially her answer to your fourth question. I completely agree 🙂 Also, I love your outfit!

  24. Alfredo Ciano

    August 2, 2016 at 1:56 am

    Nice Interview & Perfect Outfits…

  25. Alfredo Ciano

    August 2, 2016 at 1:56 am

    Nice Interview & Perfect Outfits…

  26. Silvia Martinez

    August 2, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    Beautiful dress, great interview (style icons 🙂 )

    http://www.kikabibi.blogspot.com

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