Nina Turczyn is a Graphic Designer, Illustrator and Silversmith originally from Ontario, who now calls beautiful Gabriola Island, BC home.
Nina graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design with a degree in Design after a creative path through Sheridan College where she studied Illustration, and the Canadian Opera Company where she studied Special Effects Makeup Artistry. Within days of graduating in 2005, Nina travelled from one coast to the other and accepted her first graphic design job in Nanaimo, BC. Always the independent creative, she soon discovered the freedom of being self-employed and started Paprika Design; a freelance graphic design and illustration business on Gabriola Island. After a successful few years, Nina expanded her business to include her silversmithing - Paprika Jewellery - which began as a hobby and quickly grew as demand for her work increased.
Nina was introduced to a merging of design and craft by her father (architect) and mother (silversmith), at an early age and has had a lifetime of absorbing a deep knowledge and understanding of the art of silversmithing, which she approaches with the sensibility of a designer. Nina’s graphic design and illustration knowledge, merge together with her silversmithing talents to create a truly unique body of work, unparalleled in design, quality and craftsmanship.
She lives on Gabriola Island with her husband, Adrian and two children, Hanna and Oscar.
I learned the art of traditional silversmithing from my mother, a master silversmith for over 40 years and have had a lifetime of absorbing knowledge through watching and helping in her studios. I chose a career in Graphic Design which would eventually become the backbone of my silversmithing career, allowing me to develop distinct jewellery designs and to create the look and feel of my marketing and promotional material - the two areas work hand in hand in creating my line of work and the foundation of my professional image.
My work is inspired by clean lines, symmetry, and beautiful simplicity in nature and art. I truly admire quality craftsmanship and attention to detail and I work to infuse these sensibilities into my pieces. I approach silversmithing as creating wearable art, or small sculptures for the body - practical, unembellished, yet beautifully crafted and timeless in design.