Lavinia, jeweller by trade, was born and raised in Bowmanville, Ontario and moved to Iqaluit, Nunavut over twelve years ago. She studied jewellery and metalwork at Nunavut Arctic College, and after graduating she pursued working full-time as a jeweller at LVH Jewellery.
Lavinia has worked with a lot of mediums over the years including printmaking, painting, stencil work, and sewing. She has mainly focused on her jewellery practice in recent years. Most of her work is primarily made with sterling silver and natural materials. She believes jewellery has stayed her main medium due to her love of experimenting with new techniques and projects.
Working out of Aayuraa Studios in Iqaluit, Lavinia has been able to learn and grow as an artist from working around her mentors, peers, and studio mates. After working in the arts community for a few years she has just returned to focusing on her jewellery career full-time. Working with natural materials gifted or purchased from local hunters, Lavinia is inspired by the North and what is around her. Much of her jewellery directly references Inuit traditions and culture, which are tied together with silver and materials from the land. LVH Jewellery focuses on filling in the lack of culturally relevant pieces for Inuit and admirers of the North.
Though early on in her career, Lavinia has already won many awards for her work and has travelled around Canada and overseas. Her work can be purchased at galleries across the country.