I am the jewelry and ceramic artist of Karma Victoria, and now proprietor behind my new shop Hideout Local Distro. Hideout is where I curate and feature works made by artists, designers and musicians in Edmonton, Alberta and elsewhere. The space also doubles as my workshop. I love working with my hands, and the balance of working intricately with hard metal and then soft clay seems to keep my mind in a constant state of confusion [laughs]. The best part about building Hideouthas been working with and supporting artists who I admire in a community I have immersed myself in as a designer. I couldn’t be more grateful for the partnerships and collaborations I have with friends, who have also pioneered this concept in the past. These people help make Hideout a chill, and safe space full of amazing work.
Who or what influences you?
The people in my life. My mom, who was a total firecracker in the craziest and most fabulous way; my Dad who has overcome so much in life; and my nephews who are such beautiful, kind, and fair young men in the world. As well, I can't emphasize more that friends are family too - a friend once told me this, and I couldn’t believe it more based on the support and connections I have in mine. Thanks for always killing it!
Piece of advice you need to take just as frequently as you give?
This is impossible to answer! This may sound simple, but I’ve been trying my whole life to be a morning person. I’d like to be awake in time for the sunrise AND feel happy about that, at least a handful of times. Staying up all night, and then watching the sunrise doesn’t count.
What keeps you moving forward no matter what?
Um, clocks? Honestly. Time heals, time flies. Make the most of it with what you have.
Hmmmm. I suppose these are moments I'm thinking of, but I don’t have just one. I am a cautious, yet adventurous person. I did every so-called "extreme" thing I have ever done in my first six-months of traveling. A 15,000ft sky-dive in Byron Bay, bungee-jumping in Switzerland over a raging rapid to celebrate my birthday, white water rafting, downhill mountain biking, paragliding off a cliff in Austria, and parasailing in Greece. I feel extremely lucky for, and proud of these moments. I realize how powerful the perspective I gained from all of it has been for me.
Words to live by?
I’m still figuring that out, but from my own experience, I think a sense of humour in times of tragedy is essential. Do what you can.
Moment you have experienced in the last week that has made you feel strong as a woman?
Watching Peaches at Sled Island while she sang “Put your dick in the air”. Unapologetically woman. No more sorries,thanks.
Complete this sentence:To me, beauty is___________________.
Not caring what other people think but still caring about people.