The other day I popped into Clerkson’s Collingwood on Hurontario Street and noticed that Lindsay was wearing a beautiful necklace and asked her some questions about it. Turns out it was made by one of our local artisans, Ellen Oelbaum, and Clerkson’s is now carrying a line of “Ellen Originals” in her store.
Ellen Originals are gorgeous and truly one-of-a-kind. She makes custom jewellery for everyday wear and special occasions, costume jewellery repairs and one-of-a-kind handmade accessories.
Ellen grew up in Toronto and would weekend with her family in Collingwood skiing at Alpine Ski Club. Her parents made the move 15 years ago and she has made Collingwood her home. Ellen attended the International Academy of Design in Toronto where she studied Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising & Marketing. She recently completed the Interior Decorating Associate program at Georgian College in Collingwood. She has done some custom decorating work in the area at local businesses and in private homes, mainly dried floral arrangements and container gardens.
Beading started off as a hobby as she enjoyed making pieces for herself and friends. As her knowledge, skill and passion grew she has developed a unique style of jewellery design. Each design is a true reflection of her passion for fashion and a specially crafted piece may add flare to the most simple of outfits. Each piece is designed to reflect different styles, moods and personalities whether you are looking for a necklace that adds flare to your favourite t-shirt and jeans or earrings and bracelet to make your everyday business attire stand out. One of a kind pieces are handcrafted from the finest gemstones, crystals, antique glass beads, shells, ceramic, bone, wood and silver. Her designs start at twenty dollars and increase depending on the intricacy and jewels used. She designs handmade one of a kind pieces for weddings along with matching sets for the bridesmaids; a great gift to thank your wedding party. Her work will be showcased at Clerkson’s Collingwood, go in to check out an "Ellen" original. You can find her every Saturday at the local Collingwood Farmers Market where she has her latest creations for sale or you can contact her for a jewellery consultation to accessorize your wardrobe.
Where to buy:
Clerkson’s Collingwood, 85 Hurontario St 445-1988
Nifty’s, Stayner Ontario
Collingwood Farmer’s Market, Downtown Collingwood, Saturday’s 8am - 1pm from May 20th to Thanksgiving weekend.
If you would like to reach Ellen directly:
51 Robinson Street
by appointment or by chance