Johanna Brierley’s lifelong fascination with jewellery can be traced back to a childhood spent rummaging through her grandmother’s jewellery chest. From an early age, she developed an enthusiasm for found objects and a curiosity about the various ways in which objects worn on a body interact with the body itself.
For generations, Johanna's family has been collecting lucky stones with natural holes because hole stones are believed to be symbols of good luck. As a child, Johanna made numerous jewellery pieces with the lucky stones only to find that over time, the real stones would crack and break. Her work now incorporates metal replicas of beach stones found on the shores of Lake Winnipeg in a town called Gimli.