Spirocreations- Handmade leather art and footwear

Winnipeg, Canada

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On Etsy since 2009

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Growing Through Creating

I got introduced to leather through running an art program for homeless adults in Winnipeg. It was a true love moment. I had dabbled in many mediums but leather was a fusion for me. My first pieces were made within the context of relationship with the program and its participants. Many of the attendees were First Nations decent and evoked a passion in me for their history and skill. Often the participants offered skilled suggestions as I haphazardly attempted to make moccasins. I was treated to an amazing oral history as they recounted their experiences with leather traditions in their memories. This grew an immense respect in me for artisans of the past; the incredible love, care and skill which was poured into every piece. I found myself slowing down and savoring the process. Working with leather connected me to a tradition which was thousands of years old. It lit a desire in me to honor the earth and remember where I came from.

I wanted to look at leather through a different lens and not make only 'traditional' items. I enjoyed sculpting each piece, letting the shape of the leather guide the final creation.

I lovingly fashioned my first pair of mukluks and wore them with pride. I found that I could walk nowhere in the city without being stopped and asked where I bought them. It quickly became apparent that many were interested in my work and desired to purchase for themselves. I decided to attempt to start selling my work.

My husband and I choose the name 'Spirocreations' for my creations. (He is a latin whiz) Spiro, is a Latin word (pronounced 'spearo')and means: to live, to breathe or be inspired. I felt this idea summed up my creative process, as creativity brings life and is as important to our well being as breathing. I feel that through the process of creating we are connected to something greater than ourselves and find that this process also reconnects us to the earth, its inhabitants, its past, present and future.

Before I made the step to open an Etsy shop, I met with local First Nations elders to ensure I had their blessing. As I am not First Nations decent I did not want to create items inspired by their culture without their consent. My connection with leather had grown through relationship and I wanted to honor that first. The experience was moving and life changing. I was encouraged and felt I could move forward.

I opened my Etsy store and found instant interest. It blew me away! I could barely keep up and was learning on the fly. I was doing Spiro full time!

I moved to NZ to resettle with my Kiwi husband. This was a very hard step for Spiro. I found it difficult to refocus and lost much of my former inspiration. Winnipeg was such a huge piece of my heart. We struggled to get our feet and I struggled to keep Spiro alive. Eventually out of necessity I had to take a job and put Spiro on the back burner. I learned heaps along the way and honed my skills in the background. Finally, after a few years I felt the energy to pick it back up again. I now have a beautiful little girl and a very full life. I feel inspiration growing in me again and a passion to create.

Each piece is made with love and care. I do not do production well and tend to work from start to finish on items. Due to the nature of leather I can never recreate the same piece exactly. If you buy a piece of Spiro, it's the only one that exists. Unique just like you!

Shop members

  • Barb

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I am a momma, wife and maker who loves to create with my heart. I geek out about history, culture and good food. I love music and art of all kinds. I get way too excited about squirrels. I am an old soul. I live in NZ but originated in Canada.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 30, 2022
I am a momma and wife who is crazy about creating with my hands and exploring hand craft traditions of old. Leather is my favorite medium. All my creations are handmade with love and care. All of my leather pieces and footwear are created 90% by hand without the use of machines...I only employ a sewing machine for basic assembly as I value the quality of hand focused finishing. Attempting to create almost entirely by hand has given me a deep respect for artisans of the past, and has led me to explore further the history of craft on a whole. A lot of my inspiration is taken from peoples who live close to the earth, who respect its processes and are intimately tied to its cycles. I enjoy the process of creating each item from start to finish with love and care. I try to use all natural materials, with the exception of recycled antique buttons or trinkets which I salvage and rework.

Spiro, is a Latin word (pronounced 'spearo')and means: to live, to breathe or be inspired. I felt this idea summed up my creative process, as creativity brings life and is as important to our well being as breathing. I feel that through the process of creating we are connected to something greater than ourselves and find that this process also reconnects us to the earth, its inhabitants, its past, present and future.

I hope that my creations can inspire you to reconnect to your own unique creativity. You are an inspiration and have much to give to the world around you! Thank you for taking time for my passion! Its an honor:)

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Returns and exchanges
If you are unsatisfied with your creation on arrival, I will gladly refund your money back to you within 7 days of you receiving your item. Please notify me as soon as possible.

I cannot take back worn items for hygienic reasons. If you want to exchange your footwear I can only take it back unworn.

I can also discuss exchanging the item for something else of equal or lesser value. You will however, be required to pay the shipping required to return the item back to us.

As previously stated, we are not responsible for lost or damaged items due to the mail system.

If you live locally, items can be returned or exchanged in person within 7 days of purchasing the item. Please contact me to discuss an arranged time and place.
I accept PayPal on all items.

I will wait 3 days for payment confirmation. If I do not receive payment confirmation within 3 days (or communication from you), I will re-list the item. Please do not hesitate to contact me for any question or concern, I want to work with you as much as I can (within reason...).

If you desire to cancel your purchase, please contact me as soon as possible. If the item has already been sent and is in transit, I will require you to pay to ship the item back to us.
I do ship internationally and will ship your item to you via international air mail. Any additional brokerage/customs charges are your responsibility.

I have found that shipping generally takes between 1 -2 weeks to arrive around the world. Consistently items shipped to the USA take around one week to arrive.

Every piece will be packaged to travel well in order to arrive to you in good condition. I are not responsible for lost or damaged goods via the mail system, but will do my best to ensure your creation arrives to you the way it left us.

If you require your item in a hurry, or would prefer 'Priority' delivery, please let me know so that I can email you the updated pricing in accordance to your wishes.
Additional policies and FAQs
I will provide you with feedback once you have received your purchase:) Please notify me right away if you are unsatisfied with your item, or have questions about footwear, sizing, etc...before leaving feedback. I want you to be happy with your purchase and will work with you to achieve this. I am here to help!

Once I receive your payment it takes approximately 4-6 weeks to turn around a pair of shoe/boots as they are all hand made and I am managing a little one(this does not include shipping travel time). See shipping for travel time.

I cannot often source other leather color options than those listed, as I now live in the land of scarce leather selection:) Feel free to ask however, sometimes the colour fairy comes through for me:)

All leather items are NOT waterproof...it is a good idea to treat them with a water/stain proof leather spray/oil. We recommend KIWI brand 'Protect-all' spray.

Please trace and measure your feet to determine your sizing. If you do not fit our sizing chart I can happily adjust any pattern to suit you.

If you require special fit requirements, please contact me before purchasing the custom footwear to determine that I can achieve what you are hoping for. You will need to mail me a foot tracing and measurements to work with. Don't hesitate to contact me..I are friendly and like to help:)

All moccasins should fit snug on arrival as they will stretch and conform to your foot. This will keep the moccasin fitting nicely as opposed to floppily. Let me know if you prefer a looser fit.

I are open to any custom requests, please contact me to discuss your ideas further!

Thank you for reading my policies...my goal is to work with you so do not hesitate to contact me with any concerns throughout the process of buying!