Leslie Chapman

Artist Demonstration of turning gold dust into jewellery

Leslie demonstrated her unique process of making jewelry that differs from most jewellers; starting with raw placer gold dust from her family’s mine. She demonstrated the various stages of her work over Yukon Riverside Arts Festival weekend, which was captured beautifully by film maker and artist David Curtis.

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Leslie Chapman at her studio

Video Backstage, August 13th. Fortymile Gold Workshop, Dawson City, Yukon. Photography by Maria Sol Suarez Martinez.

Leslie Chapman at her studio

Video Backstage, August 13th. Fortymile Gold Workshop, Dawson City, Yukon. Photography by Maria Sol Suarez Martinez.

Leslie Chapman at her studio

Video Backstage, August 13th. Fortymile Gold Workshop, Dawson City, Yukon. Photography by Maria Sol Suarez Martinez.

Leslie Chapman at her studio

Video Backstage, August 13th. Fortymile Gold Workshop, Dawson City, Yukon. Photography by Maria Sol Suarez Martinez.
Film by David Curtis for YRAF

About the Artist

“I am a long time Yukoner, having lived most of that time in the bush. I taught myself to be a goldsmith, focusing on using the high karat natural gold from our family placer mine. For the past 20+ years, I have operated an open studio/gallery in my timber building in the historic core of Dawson City. My principal influences are the hand wrought jewelry of antiquity, for example  Egypt, and central and south America.”

Leslie Chapman