209 Avenue D South
Location Details Studio located in the Saskatoon Makerspace
Amanda began her professional career in graphic design, but after a couple of years began to crave the tactile experience of hands-on creation. On learning of the industrial design industry, she was immediately drawn to the field; Amanda graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Design in Industrial Design in 2015.
In 2014, while still a student, Amanda started her own design business. Focusing on integrating her skillful use of concrete as a medium and newly minted industrial design talents, she began to develop her own jewelry line. Her one-of-a-kind jewelry line utilizes 3D printing technology combined with the hands on skills of concrete pouring and polishing to create distinct, unconventional designs - evolving tradition with technology through reimagining old materials in a new way. The uniqueness of her craft garnered exponentially increasing media and client attention early on, allowing a quick jump into full-time design work in 2016. Under her business moniker Béton Brut Design, Amanda now has a robust selection of wholesale clients across Canada and the United States in gallery stores such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The National Building Museum, The Royal Alberta Museum, and the Harvard Museum of Science and Culture.
Béton Brut is concrete jewelry inspired by the exploratory aesthetic of Brutalist architecture. French for “raw concrete”, the name speaks to the inherent beauty and honesty of the supplies used. It is about experimenting and moving beyond the boundaries of what is established as a plain material. Each Béton Brut piece is unique and made with a blend of traditional craft and new technologies. The jewelry is made with a specially developed concrete mixture, refined through lengthy and rigorous testing, and altered by a selection of aggregates and concrete pigments. The concrete is prepared in small batches and each piece is hand polished before being sealed with an archival wax designed for longevity. Every resulting creation is enduring and timeless, with a pattern of colour and semi-precious stones that is as unique as its wearer.