Hawkly is a Toronto based jewelry brand created by designer Gillian Johnson. The love of jewelry and travel have always been two constants in her life, resulting in many adventures around the world; hiking in Sri Lanka, biking through Italy, silversmithing in Mexico, rock climbing in Joshua Tree and more. Returning to her love of jewelry, Hawkly is an expression of all the patterns, cultures, colours and smiles experienced during this ongoing adventure.
Gillian has settled between Toronto and a yurt in rural Ontario, where each piece is handcrafted with an emphasis on lost wax casting, combined with other metal smithing and beading techniques. Mixed metals, including sterling silver, bronze, brass and even a touch of gold, are carefully combined in an exploration of adornment and celebration of human touch.
Hawkly is guided by a strong sense of self, adventure, curiosity and synchronicity. It aims to cultivate gratitude for the small pleasures in life while nurturing an appreciation of the tremendous beauty of the natural world.
Hawkly’s exploration of adornment as well as our celebration of the human touch is a protest against machine-made predictability, each piece made with deliberate imperfection.
Spirit in the sky, the Hawk spirit channels a higher consciousness and quest for enlightenment. It represents the ability to see meaning in the ordinary through heightened awareness and observation.
The Hawk is a symbol of freedom. Soaring high above allows one to see the bigger picture and gain greater perspective. These great heights provide the ability to flourish while maintaining a connection with what lies beneath.