I was born in 1976 and for as long as I can remember I loved to create. Childhood was a fantastic time to explore with colours, shapes, materials, and ideas. Since my mother was single and raising three children on her own there wasn’t much cash for my crafting habits. I exercised my resourcefulness in acquiring my materials by sneaking into the supply cupboard after school and helping myself to lick and stick shapes, colourful stars, stickers, origami paper, glue, scissors, construction paper, string and whatever met my fancy.
As I grew older I had no idea that art could turn into a viable job or career. Not knowing what I wanted to do I took a year off between high school and college to work. At the tender age of 19, before I could even think about my college application, I became a parent. After becoming a mommy I studied Early Childhood Education and attained my degree in Psychology. While studying I worked with children teaching them arts and crafts at camps and after school programs.
After graduation I worked a couple of years with children in daycares and nursery schools, then I landed a job in social work as a Parent-Child Counsellor at a centre for teen parents. My job was going well, however I could feel myself slipping further and further down emotionally. After speaking to the staff psychologist she suggested that I get help as she had a concern that I was suffering from depression. I have been on sick leave from my job for the past few months working on recovering from a long, long history of depression.
Part of my recovery involved knitting and knitting and knitting. I spent days shopping for yarn, moving from one project to the next. Sometimes working on the same pattern several times over. I started a knitting circle in my community to meet other people. I started a blog and an online shop. My collection of resource books for crafting anything from paper to mosaics has more than quadrupled.
Where my life will go from here is an open road. I only know that it will involve a lot more creating and of course, good health.