My family emigrated from Germany and Holland, so I have had a lot of European influence in my upbringing, but I was raised in Port Alberni. My grandmothers were both very handy, one worked as a seamstress, and the other raised seven children, making most of their clothing.
Growing up I was always frustrated with how difficult it was to find clothing that I liked that also fit. As I got older, I began altering my own clothing to fit and suit me better. In high school, I decided to take sewing lasses as an elective, and I flourished. After high school, I went off and did many other things, including hair dressing, construction, and farming, but I always kept on sewing and dreaming of one day making beautiful and amazing things, and even having work that revolved around this kind of creativity.
Then it was time for a big change. Time for me to do what’s best for me; something I’d wanted to do for most of my life. So, I left my hometown, moved to Vancouver, and decidedly went to the Art Institute to pursue and education there. It was the best choice I have ever made.
My hometown, Port Alberni, considers itself the Salmon Capital of the world, so the salmon, and its importance to the indigenous people of the west coast, was a big part of our education, and much of the inspiration for my design for the Chic Sheets Challenge.