Meet Jennea Frischke, lady boss and creative extraordinaire behind Jennea Frischke Jewelry and Birdseye Vintage. One is a line of handcrafted jewelry using traditional metalsmithing techniques and the other is a lovingly curated collection of vintage items sourced in the prairies. This lover of gemstones, silver and gold, designs and hand makes everything here in Calgary.
What inspired you to start your business?
I have been creating and selling work from a young age. I had my first jewelry business, Forget me Knots, when I was 14, where I sold fancy friendship bracelets. This inspired me to pursue a career in the arts, and led me to take jewelry design at the Alberta College of Art and Design and received my degree in 2006. My vintage business was formed with my mom while I was attending ACAD to help fund my education, and I have continued with it ever since.
What’s your favourite part about working in the wedding industry?
I love providing lovingly curated pieces and carefully crafted jewelry to help add joy to this exciting day in peoples lives. My favourite way to be involved is by creating engagement and wedding bands. I feel very fortunate to get to make pieces that will be cherished forever and have such a symbolic meaning. The most unusual wedding bands I have made were created with the brides wisdom teeth – so anything is possible!
Share a piece of advice with our brides:
Try not to take yourself too seriously, and let yourself have fun! Things may not work out the way that you planned, but if you just go with it, you will still have a great time and everything will work out. Also those unplanned moments always make the best stories.
Do you have any fun news coming up that you’d like to share?
My newest lookbook is going be finished editing soon, and should be coming up on my new website towards the end of March. I’m excited to share it with everyone.
What’s a wedding trend that you’re totally in love with right now?
I love that people are doing what they want and having weddings that showcase who they are – and not being as focussed on what they think other people want them to do. It’s your big day, not your best friends or your mom or dads. And even though it’s good to take others into consideration (or not haha) I am happy to see people are doing more of what they want to do (for example, the wisdom teeth wedding bands). Also more handmade and locally made componets going into weddings – it’s those custom handmade touches that made things really special.