In my previous life I was a circus coach/performer, coaching at Circus West and stiltwalking and juggling around Vancouver. I also trained in sword fighting at Academie Duello in downtown Vancouver, and with Lykopis archery, which is where my leather working began, making equipment and accessories, particularly for archery.
Then in 2016 my AVM intervened, I had a brain bleed and spent 4 months at VGH and GF Strong rehab. On my release I quickly discovered most of my pre stroke activities were either unavailable to me or so difficult as to be disheartening.
Fortunately I was still able to do leather working and archery, and these, particularly the crafting, have become my anchor and direction. I try to incorporate recycled and repurposed materials into my pieces as much as possible, I also, almost exclusively, work with veg tan Leather and hand dye and stitch most of my work.