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Karen from Naturliche Body Bliss has been crafting since childhood. After trying many different crafts, she settled on creating her product line of soap and bath indulgences. "Simple and Natural" is the theme for her products which are handmade with care and from only the best ingredients. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and creates her handmade indulgences in the kitchen of her condo.... Read more
With a "day job" in marketing, Linda Harrell is very busy and designing jewelry is her way of "relaxing". Although her career has filled her days, it was not enough to fulfill her desire to create. About four years ago, she decided to follow her heart by starting her own brand of handmade jewelry, which she named GalleriaLinda .

Growing up within the artistic community of Purdue... Read more
Veronica Reis grew up in a large family with four siblings and was encouraged to strive to reach her goals in life. She has surely reached her goal of becoming a fashion designer and artist. Veronica learned the basics from Lasalle College where she graduated in 2003 with a degree in Women’s Wear Design. Starting off, her first job was as an apprentice dressmaker for a high-end Haute Couture in Westmount,... Read more
Julia Goland is a 28 year old artist living in Israel with her husband and daughter, Alice. As a child, Julia got her start in jewelry design when she bravely unstrung her great-grandmother's antique pearl necklace. Although her mother was a bit upset at the time, Julia's first bracelet and necklace creation was the start of something that would continue throughout her lifetime.

Experimentation is what... Read more
The artwork of Roberta Murray’s shifts and changes before your very eyes. Each image’s narrative, seems to move sideways and flicker, then aligns to suit your personal gaze. Through the use of texture, form, and light, Roberta creates images with a rich tapestry-like depth. The resulting forms are images with a nostalgic, fairytale quality as though taken at a different time or in a different world.... Read more
Christen Largent may have deeper roots in silver than she realizes. The metal smith and proud owner of the iCraft Exhibit, icraftgifts.com/christen-largent has a perfect last name for a creator whose line predominately features silver. L'argent is the French for "silver"!

Although no longwinded tales of toiling silversmith ancestors began our interview, Christen did explain her personal route... Read more
Two women, Mavis and Olga, are the masterminds behind ‘ knittles ’, a line of chic woolwear for everyone who wants to be both warm and fashionable, whether you are a child or a senior. After marrying brothers, Olga and Mavis got to know each other when the two couples shared a house for some time. “You do get to know someone after a while in a situation like that!”, Mavis explained.... Read more
Maria Kirk starting sewing clothes as a precocious five year old and has never stopped. After learning to sew from her grandmother, a seamstress who sewed doll and toy clothes for Mattel, Maria built on this passed down talent by continuing in a similar vein and began to hand-sew clothes for her Barbie dolls. Now, as an adult, Maria has fine-tuned this ability to create clothing, albeit in a slightly larger size!... Read more
Hardworking and seemingly fearless, Vicky Vander Kooi , began creating jewelry after finding inspiration as an English teacher in Thailand. Over the course of two years in a totally foreign environment, Vicky pushed herself to experience new things she never knew she was capable of doing. From trying new foods to dealing with language barriers and exploring beautiful new territory, Vicky learned that her... Read more
Nathalie Girard is a hardworking jewelry designer on her way to having it all. After two years of promoting her online jewelry company Canadian Rockies, Nathalie is branching out into boutiques across Canada with designs on the United States as well. Her unique style and intricate wire work also recently helped her to win MetalChasers.com’s Valentine’s Day design contest.

Nathalie resides in... Read more



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