I am Edmonton-born, but was living in Costa Rica from 2012-2016. There, I'd built and run an eco-lodge in the rainforest, and in addition to the cooking and teaching yoga in the nearby village, was making very simple earrings as a rainy day hobby - and there were many, many rainy days. It was fun to have an outlet for my creativity, and on travels to Canada, Guatemala and Mexico I came back with lovely stones to play with. A local shop sold some of my work, and I sold a few things to visitors in our little jungle lodge. But it wasn't until my return to Canada that I decided that making jewelry was something I might like to pursue more seriously.
It started with entry in an art show in Sidney BC in early 2017, and bit by bit has grown into a full-time occupation. Most of what I know I have learned from some wonderful jewelry tutors online (at the University of YouTube, as I like to call it), and trial and error at the bench. I'm also grateful to some of my customers who have challenged me to grow - to the question "Can you make this?" my answer is often, "No, but I'll figure it out".
My primary selling has been in seasonal markets here in Victoria, as well as a couple of local shops. I do a lot of custom work, and some of my regular clients