Adea Chung is the North Vancouver artist of “Billy Would Designs”. Her jewelry collections are made exclusively from locally available reclaimed wood (including B.C. hardwoods, exotic hardwoods, and even skate decks). Adea’s designs reflect both her commitment to sustainability and her passion for West Coast style. Her collections are available online and in galleries country-wide.
What did you do in high school that connects to what your career as a jewelry designer?
I went to high school in Clinton and 100 Mile House, British Columbia. In Clinton we had a fantastic shop teacher who had a passion for woodworking and metal work. He was generous with his time, skill and budget so it really allowed for ambitious projects and extra class time.
What training or jobs did you complete previously that led to this career?
My dad was a wood carver and also had a gallery for part of my teen years. I didn’t realize it at the time but growing up with access to a workshop is such a luxury. My style of woodworking came about by experimenting and learning from others, which never ends.
What part of working with wood inspires you?
Wood is such a wonderful medium to work in. The colours and grain make everything you do one of a kind. I only work with reclaimed and recycled hardwoods so the wood regularly determines the design it will become. Often, we associate wood with a limited list of uses. When it’s used for something unconventional (jewelry) it allows us to look at the details and beauty in even the smallest slice.Billy Would Designs