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To be honest, I have absolutely no idea what to write on this page, or even how to write it to be interesting. Words that I never want applied to me are average, normal, boring, or beige. I prefer words like colourful, outgoing, energetic, and encouraging. What interests me when I read the about page on a site is the artist's journey and getting a sense of their personality so I'll write in that direction and if there's something missing that you had hoped to know, please ask. 

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I was very lucky to find my passion early in life. I sat down at a sewing machine in my grade eight home economics class and fell in love. Since then (over forty years ago) I've developed my skills through individual classes, books, and videos. I am mostly self-taught. I've sewn everything from outerwear to lingerie and make the majority of my wardrobe. I love that my clothes are custom designed, fit to my body, and literally one-of-a-kind. Trends don't interest me. Expressing my style and a sense of authenticity does.

In 2012, I took a workshop with Marcy Tilton and Diane Ericson that set me on the path to even more individualized and creative clothing. Now, I both sew clothes that I will wear and that reflect my style and clothes that I have no intention of wearing but are a lot of fun to put together. I really enjoy refashioning, even my own clothing. It is not uncommon for me to sew something, take it apart, and sew it again in another form. I am warm, dry, safe, fed, clothed, and loved. I don't need another garment; I need another adventure. 

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At that same workshop with Marcy and Diane, I saw some of Diane's textile jewelry and became enthralled with creating my own pieces that were sophisticated and elegant especially as a statement necklace is a signature element of my style. It took me years - literally - to create a first piece that was wearable and not kitschy. I made a lot of less than best pieces that never saw the light of day. I'm wearing that first successful piece - a knot necklace - in the picture above. That goal of creating textile jewelry led to learning how to weave or wrap wire and how to do metalsmithing. How we got to where we are is like a dot-to-dot drawing and so fascinating when you look back on your own personal journey. 

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Curiosity is one of the motivating forces behind my work. I'm constantly following up what if and how can I questions and I really enjoy blank canvas items like t-shirts or handbags where I can fill the same form over and over again in endless ways. I'm not sure why I have such a fascination for handbags - since I typically carry a black one all year round - but I do. They are an especially good way to use remnants which I refer to as bits & pieces of potential. It's so fun to make a garment, take the remnants and make a purse, and then take those remnants and make some jewelry. Free projects!

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I learned to knit in my twenties while working as a hairstylist. The other women taught me the continental style and the four of us would knit in the back room between clients. Now, I knit in group settings for socialization and in the evenings when I just want to sit still with something mindless. Even though I've studied more complicated styles of knitting, I tend to create simple things like shawls and fingerless gloves as well as smaller baby garments and very occasionally something for myself.  

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Creativity is a gift that keeps on giving. It is what I refer to as a many black notes occupation where we can start with something simple like Row Row Your Boat and build up to complicated sonatas with a whole lot of movement and never-ending fun. I am grateful for engaging activities with endless possibilities and I am grateful that at times those activities have been my career and at other times not. Either way, creativity has always been nurturing.  

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As I write this, I'm days away from my 59th birthday. I've been thinking a lot about the next decade and recently started working with a creativity coach because I was getting ready to move forward on a goal. I'm so glad I contacted her. The first thing I discovered is that I didn't actually want to do what I had thought I wanted to for so long and I've switched paths. As surprising as that was, it's been a good decision. It's like a flow of energy and ideas has suddenly been set free.   

Sewing creative fashions will be moving to the background. Instead of being the medium that I write and teach about, it's becoming a just for me activity. Jewelry making will be taking great leaps forward to become my public art medium. I'm in the process of finding a studio where I can set up a practice and begin working in earnest.  I'm very excited. Not only am I looking forward to developing my skills, creating a body of work, and selling some of my pieces, an outside studio is the impossible dream that I've been putting off for years - decades even - and I know if I don't at least try to make it happen now, I'll regret it down the line. So I'm trying. 

Talk soon - 


 Myrna