Our March 2013 issue featured the Ultimate Artisans of the West. Over the next few months, we’ll profile some of the talented artisans we met, and whose work we fell in love with. To see the full feature, order the back issue.
Beth BroomfieldNanton, Alberta Jewelry Maker
Beth Broomfield happened upon her craft when she decided to try her hand at making herself a turquoise necklace, outfitted with a concho off of an old belt of her Grandmother’s as a pendant. Broomfield sported her new necklace around town and ended up taking orders for three more just like it.
In 2009, Broomfield placed her first order from a supplier in Texas. A few weeks later she ran into Bernie and Marg Brown, owners of Boot Hill in Okotoks, Alberta. Marg fell in love with Broomfield’s hand-made cross necklace and decided to buy a few pieces to sell in the store. The following Saturday she called to order more.
Broomfield’s signature piece is her cross necklace. “I couldn’t tell you how many I have made, but they continue to sell. I keep thinking I want to do something different, but crosses are symbolic in western jewelry and since I don’t expect that to change anytime soon, I’ll continue to build crosses.”
Broomfield is never without her notepad. “I would love to see more of my design sketchbook come to life. It’s loaded with designs I’ve done for home decor, clothing and even tack. I’m not trying to re-invent the wheel with my designs, but I’m passionate about western style and it would be a dream come true for me to see Sunny Go West as a brand people recognized.”
~ Deanna Beckley
Sunny Go West
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