Trent University student Nikki Cobden has transformed her preferred outlet of creative expression into a full-time summer business. Through the Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation’s Summer Company Program, The Inspired I provides affordable – yet luxurious – artisan jewellery.
The lifetime area resident has spent time living in both the City & County of Peterborough. Nikki grew up on a dairy farm in Norwood, but eventually moved to Peterborough to attend Trent University. “I couldn’t picture myself anywhere else”, she says, “I love Peterborough, the sense of community is unrivalled”.
Although Nikki is pursuing a degree in Biology, she has always been a creative individual. She plays guitar and sings on a regular basis and has explored other creative avenues, such as drawing and painting. However, it wasn’t until she stumbled across some copper wire about a year and a half ago that she found her true passion: artisan jewellery. She loves this form of abstract expression, “it feels great to create and to transform wire into art”.
Nikki does not mass produce her jewellery. Each piece is a one-of-a-kind, wearable work of art. She describes her jewellery as “an elegant and intricate form of affordable luxury”. Her products are entirely handmade, so each piece has a personal feel. “Each piece has its own story and personality” she explains.
Although she is in the process of introducing her new sterling silver line, her current jewellery is made almost exclusively of copper. According to Nikki, copper has healing properties and is good for circulation. Copper is also a versatile, unique metal that offers a somewhat antiqued look. It is a lightweight, durable, and comfortable to wear.
Nikki carries a variety of necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets, and jewellery trees. The pendants feature glass, wooden, and metal beads as well as reclaimed materials such as buttons. You can find Nikki at the Little Lake Musicfest in Del Crary Park on July 28th, August 4th, and August 25th.
Phone: (705) 559-6871