Lavinia Van Heuvelen is an emerging Inuk jeweller, born and raised in Bowmanville, Ontario. Lavinia moved to Iqaluit after high school, where she studied jewellery and metalwork at Nunavut Arctic College. Following graduation, she worked full-time as a jeweller at LVH Jewellery. After being employed by Nunavut Arctic College for a few years, Lavinia recently made the decision to return to a full-time career as a jeweller. A member of Aayuraa Studios in Iqaluit, Lavinia has been able to learn and grow as an artist as she works alongside her mentors, peers, and studio mates. Lavinia has experience with a variety of mediums, though she has long focused on her jewellery practice because it allows her to experiment with new techniques and projects. Lavinia works primarily with sterling silver and natural materials gifted by or purchased from local hunters. Her designs are inspired by the North and the people and landscapes that surround her. Much of her jewellery directly references traditional Inuit themes and imagery, which are tied together with silver and materials from the land. Though still early in her career, Lavinia has already won many awards for her designs and has travelled around Canada and overseas. Lavinia’s work can be purchased at galleries across the country.