Early Years: Although Eugenia has had a life-long fascination with various arts as pastimes such as sewing, quilting and painting with watercolors, it wasn't until she discovered the world of jewelry making that first as a hobby and later became her new career as an artist, instructor and inventor of unique tools for jewelry making.
Born in Hong Kong, Eugenia first trained as a registered nurse and midwife. After marrying she then developed her business skills by running a successful Die Casting factory that custom manufactured antique automobile replacement parts. After immigrating to Vancouver, Canada in 1976, she co-founded a successful pool and spa business and eventually, branched out to enjoy a lucrative career in real estate for more than a decade before retiring in 2009.
Wire Work: One might say that Eugenia found her niche through serendipity. In 2007, while browsing in a local bookstore, she happened upon a publication called "Bead on A Wire" written by American wire artist, Sharilyn Miller. She was totally intrigued with this style of highly ornate and complex level of wire wrapping as it piqued her interest and spoke to her artistic senses. She immediately arranged to travel to California to study with Sharilyn and the rest is history. To this day, Eugenia continues to study and hone her skills and has a deep appreciation for all the learning and encouragement she has received from many gifted and talented artists in the field of mixed media jewelry.
Metal and Enamel: Always on the lookout for new ideas, Eugenia loves to explore, combine and to create one of a kind mixed media jewelry. She is impressed with the versatility of sheet metals and the ability in playing with colors, textures and shapes. Today, the fusion of metal and enameling is taking her to a whole new level.
Tool Inventor: Eugenia is perhaps best know for her design on tools specially for jewelry making and that has opened another chapter in Eugenia’s life that could be the most exciting one of all. Having always appreciated high-quality, precision tools during her working life, it was frustrating to work with tools that were awkward and sometimes ineffective. With her manufacturing background, it wasn't long before Eugenia started designing her own tools to make her job easier, smoother and more efficient. She first created “The Torching Basket for Enameling,” followed by her innovative "Deluxe 3 Hole Punch, 4 Hole Punch & Multi-Purpose Steel Riveting Block". Her innovations have been featured in popular magazine, "Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist".
Gratified by the hugely positive response she received from her students or whenever she demonstrated her new tools at trade shows, she decided to share her tools with other artists hoping to make their work easier and much more enjoyable as well. You can see her high quality and practical tools by clicking on The Tool Room link at the top of the page.
Eugenia's tools are now manufactured and distributed by Eurotool, Inc. of America.
Eugenia shares her home and studio with her beloved Malti-Poo, Miss Karlie. When not designing and creating, she divides her time between teaching an occasional workshop and travelling which has rekindled her love and joy in photography.