From a young age I've had an innate desire to create and explore my world and imagination in a very tactile way. It is no surprise that after years of searching for direction and purpose in my life’s work that I find myself immersed in a world of creating, working with metal, gazing upon polish covered fingers and a disorderly workbench. It is in the quiet solitude of my studio where I find myself to be whole and most fulfilled. It took a long time and years of soul searching to come to this point. But I am here.
Marrow of My Soul began as a tiny seed of a thought as I embarked on my own personal journey into motherhood. Becoming a mother opened my eyes and heart to new realizations; the biggest one being that I needed to return to my happiness in order to be the very best mother to my daughter.
Leaving my childhood home in deep-south rural Saskatchewan at the age of 18 for Art College in Calgary Alberta was a step in my life that catapulted me into a four-year journey of self-discovery, growth and change. I loved my time spent at the Alberta College of Art + Design as I worked towards completing my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jewellery + Metals. I was my most happiest during this time spending full days in the studio learning my trade, interacting with my peers and friends, exploring a new city and ultimately meeting and building a relationship with my now husband. I flourished during this time.
A yearlong return home to Saskatchewan after I graduated changed my path drastically and once I returned to Calgary I found myself shattered and broken. Personal hardships during that year had left me devastated and feeling emotionally and creatively depleted. I was lost. I then spent nine years working in various fields; retail, banking, childcare, the new home industry. All jobs that garnered me new skills and a great deal of experience, but none that made me truly happy.
Becoming pregnant in late 2015 was the beginning to rediscovering and taking hold of my happiness. I have always had a deep-seated interest in children, babies and birth. Being pregnant came naturally to me and during this time I began to feel a strong pull towards work that involved women and babies. I had the privilege of being granted a Doula Training Scholarship shortly after my daughter was born and it was during this journey that I finally came full circle and found my rightful path. Returning to my jewellery bench, designing, experimenting and creating commemorative keepsakes during my spare time between training and caring for my daughter was like a new me had come about. Or perhaps the old me had just returned. My love of pregnancy, birth, babies and beautiful things has led me to utilizing my artistic talents through the creation of Commemorative Keepsake Jewellery full time. I now take great joy in being able to loving turn my clients most precious memories into wearable keepsake art. Preserving experiences of all kinds, from birth to breastfeeding to the passing of a loved one, is something I feel utterly honoured and privileged to do. How lucky am I?!