Embarking on a nine month epic solo trip throughout the Middle East, East Africa, and Asia; Justine’s passion for researching stones, metal techniques, and design is obvious.
The designer is continually creating opportunities to explore different countries in search of learning more about jewellery from around the world.
She was most recently invited to attend Santander Fashion Week 2008 in Colombia.
In 2005 Justine had her first hands-on experience with metal when studying traditional jewellery techniques in India, based in a small Himalayan town called Manali.
The Justine Brooks Collection often takes on an international flavour, creating an interesting blend of east and west.
Justine is based in Squamish, Canada.
The artist originally worked with ceramic pendants during her studies at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, but a couple years later made the transition into metal.
She then enrolled in Vancouver Community College Jewellery Art and Design program to further her hands-on metal smithing techniques.
Originally from Toronto, Justine made the move to Vancouver in 2003 and was immediately satisfied by the presence of the ocean.
As a scuba diver and Pisces this designer is drawn to the water.
She felt the need to create a line of jewellery influenced by aquatic life.
In this series abstract forms and textures from nature are used to create a raw organic line.
The original mussel and barnacle pendants are hand carved from wax by Justine, capturing the essence of a normally fragile shell.
The Justine Brooks Collection was featured on a two page spread in Vein Magazine and appeared on television shows Breakfast Television and Stargate Atlantis.
Raw, natural, and precious are qualities that give Justine Brooks Collection its signature look.