Street Cat Designs owner, designer and maker, Pam Jackson uses a repertoire of skills she learned as young as 6 years old, to create her unique jewelry. She knits, crochets, wraps, forms and coils varying gauges of sterling silver and 14k gold filled wire, which she embellishes with gemstones sourced from all over the world, as well as freshwater pearls and select Swarovski Crystals.
The majority of her components are handmade: ear hooks, chandelier and pendant frames, gem linked chains, and crocheted filigree, for which her jewelry is recognized, are lovingly hand crafted in her home studio.
Pam can't draw to save her soul, so her jewelry pieces evolve as she creates them. She gathers inspiration from her surroundings on the gorgeous West Coast of BC, from fashion, past and present, an emotion sparked by a song, or just the riotous color combinations formed by the jumble of gemstones accumulated on her bench.
Her work is available in a number of beautiful shops in the Lower Mainland, as well as at a select few Markets throughout the year. She also welcomes custom orders.
Pam Jackson spent her youth in a tiny town in the interior of BC. The carefree days of spring, summer and fall were spent outdoors, swimming, hiking and riding bikes and horses. The cold winter days, however, were when her creative mind truly kicked into gear. Her maternal grandmother taught her to knit and crochet when she was 6. Her mother taught her to sew. Starting where everyone does, making Barbie clothes, she honed those skills throughout the years.
At 16, she found herself living on the street. A kind bead shop owner taught her basic jewelry making skills using only wire, beads and pliers, portable enough to keep with her. The lady paid her for the jewelry she made, enabling her to buy food and other necessities. When Pam eventually left the street, she lived in the Yukon and in Alberta before moving back to BC where her daughter was born and she has resided ever since