“I felt strongly that what we wear should also touch and inspire us. I therefore set out to create jewelry that was both beautiful to wear as well as connecting us to our divine nature. Using ancient texts, symbols and Sanskrit mantras, I create what I call ‘wearable mantras’ that are artistic fusions of the contemporary and the exotic.”
Canadian designer Sonja Picard has been a professional artist since 1990. In her 20+ years as an artist, she has always created with the intention of conveying a message that holds a sacred meaning or symbolic significance.
Sonja began her artistic journey with her first chosen medium, clay. Her creativity evolved into areas including ceramics, fine art sculpture and mixed media. Sonja’s sculptures have since been represented by galleries throughout North America. She was also a noted ceramic designer for a leading international giftware company.
In 1996, Sonja began a study of yogic philosophy and was inspired to create and design jewelry to honor and celebrate this knowledge creating a jewelry line that is more than just a fashion statement.
Sonja hand-carves each original piece in wax, invoking the human spirit and offering a sculptural organic quality to the jewelry. The result is a refreshingly modern signature look that has propelled the Sonja Picard Collection (SPC) into a world-class jewelry business. You can take a peek into Sonja’s creative process with these behind the scenes videos!
Sonja’s award winning designs have been featured in numerous fashion and yoga magazines, and has been worn by celebrities, including ABC correspondent Carla Wohl, who wore pieces from Sonja’s Couture Line at the 2008 and 2009 Oscars. Her work can be found in various stores and galleries in North America and internationally.
Following a trip to India in 2010, Sonja found new inspiration in her artwork, portraying divine images on canvas using acrylic and mix media. This expanded her artistic expression yet again.
Today, Sonja loves to express her creativity in many ways; designing jewelry, sculpting, glass casting, painting and teaching.