This is the original storefront for "FRED-a store..." in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, circa 1995
A much younger version of myself in 1996 (still wear that yellow shirt 17 years later - should update my wardrobe!)
The story of "FRED-a store..." as it appeared in the Sarnia Observer back in 1995
This is where the 'magic' happens. Don't ask me how it gets so out of hand...
The homestead. For the studio, look up - waaaaaaaaaay up - to the 3rd floor!
After years in labour, Sandra's baby was born!
I opened "FRED: a store..." in 1995 as a retail gift shop in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, as the fulfillment of a lifelong dream to own my own business. It was a tough decision to close the retail operation in 1997, but the urge to create (compulsion?) continues and I have designed many styles of original costume jewelry and gift items for sale through other venues since then.
I now pursue my craft from the 3rd floor loft of my century home in the old "Corktown" neighbourhood of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and my workspace can only be described as "controlled chaos". This would probably surprise a lot of people because I am generally thought to be quite organized. I guess my creative side just needs to run wild! Operations are overseen and managed by my helper-kitties, Nelson and Emma.
Combining unexpected and disparate colours, textures and materials in a 3-dimensional, wearable piece of art provides immense satisfaction, and endless opportunity. I think of the whole world as my craft store, so anything is fair game for my creative projects!
Etsy is a whole new world for me, and an exciting opportunity to share my design sensibilities with a wide audience. I enjoy helping others find 'just the right thing' to satisfy their jewelry desires and a large proportion of my work is custom, which is as individual as my customers!