I got into sewing through my Mum and Grandmother who were both very crafty and hands on when I was growing up. My Mum made a lot of our clothes when my sister and I were children and when I was around 14 or 15 I got really into fashion and wanted to be able to make the things I wanted to wear. My casual craft based sewing turned into something much more complex and I never looked back. In 2006 I completed a BA in Fashion Design at Ryerson in Toronto and then rounded out my education with a post graduate pattern cutting intensive at London UK’s Central St Martins.
I spent nearly 10 years in London working within the luxury fashion industry. I designed, produced and sold the collections I created with different brands I worked for in that time. Since moving back to Toronto this fall I’ve set up my own studio in Chinatown where I work on my own label and take on freelance projects.
I’m often in my studio working on all kinds of projects – crafts/props for photoshoots, furnishings for interiors and clothes of course.
I’m most proud of a collection I designed with my friend Louise Gray for AW12 was a perfect marriage of her textiles and my shapes. It was a really ambitious collection with a huge emphasis on tailoring and puzzle-piece dresses that is my favourite thing I’ve worked on to date.
I also recently finished my first quilt, made with my friend, Ashley. It’s a gift for Alice, who is a new baby in our life!
I’m still dreaming of making a full sized, very complex quilt for my own bed.