I’ve been making jewelery most of my life. I love metals, raw or processed, it matters not. In 1987 I took my passion further, attending metal smithing courses at the Southwestern Cultural Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. At the time, I was studying the art of Astrology, so I began to independently study the stones representation via the Astrological signs and their various healing properties. I’ve been a professional astrologer since 1989 and love to marry this knowledge as well as the healing properties, within many of my pieces.
I have always been “against” mass production. It was easy in communist times to be “against”. There was nothing in shops so we made our own clothes, we dyed them. I even made shoes for myself. Everything was gray, so once a person was wearing colourful cloth – that one was automatically “against”.
Than the capitalists came. Everybody could buy everything. But it’s so boring! I spent almost 20 years in advertising as a creative writer and consultant, but I was missing something. When my kids were born I started to smell what I was missing. It was the “against” part of me. The roots of myself. So here I am – knitting, crocheting and getting ready to start making my own soap and lip balms! I love those moments when I make my stuff, kids are playing around, we have time to talk, to be together!
I encourage all my readers to buy local, buy handmade, and keep everything close to the source. It really is a small world, but the retail industry is massive. I think it’s important to keep things in perspective and not lose sight of where our goods are coming from, so I try to get them straight from the hands that made them.