I'm a floral designer and flower farmer based in Ontario Canada.
2. Who or what inspires you?
Colours, textures, nature.
3. What is something you have loved for a long time?
I've always loved being near water. Growing up I spent a lot of time on the water: lakes, rivers, creeks, the sea - they all resonate with me and help me regain my center and inspiration whenever I feel myself in a creative rut.
4. What is something you have recently rediscovered?
Toques! This is a something that is glued to my head half of the year and it's finally cooling down enough to wear my Jeanne beanie. Guaranteed this will be a staple for me from October-May.
5. What is your favorite object and what makes it special?
My favourite object in my home would have to be a blue and brown wooden work bench that a client of mine, Linda, made. It was really special to make things for others and have someone spontaneously make something for me in return - especially something as utilitarian as a work bench. It's made my work so much easier and reminds me why I do what I do while I do it - the connections with others that I build along the way.
6. What is something you are looking forward to?
Right now something I'm especially looking forward to is a wedding that I get to make flowers for next season in Newfoundland. I do a lot of weddings anywhere from Toronto-Montreal and everywhere in between but I've never gotten to 'travel' for work like this before. I'm hoping this opens up a whole new realm of opportunities for me and taking my design on the road. I also adore the East coast of Canada and the vastness of my northernmost peninsula of Newfoundland during wildflower season is going to be a new experience entirely and undoubtedly a dream come true.
7. What does sustainability mean to you?
You've likely heard the phrase "To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow"? - well that is something that I do on a daily basis with growing, but also extend into my sustainability practice. For each individual to do their part in working towards a sustainable lifestyle, no matter how large or small, is to believe in a future. It is an existential necessity to do my part by being aware of my footprint and consuming goods that support conscious small businesses with transparent ethics - from what I wear, eat, and my philosophy within my own business.
8. What is your relationship with fashion?
My relationship with fashion has remained a source of comfortability and confidence for years. I've learned that how I am dressed plays a role in my mood and as long as I feel comfortable and practical I feel more inspired and motivated. I've honed in my colour palette over time and keep my closet small and consistent - I could essentially get dressed in the dark by navigating my closet and knowing all of my pieces align with the colours and fabrics I feel my best in.
9. Why did you choose this piece of L’Envers?
I chose this piece because I have been on the prowl for a classic deep-blue Fisherman inspired jumper for ages. Winter where I am here in Canada can be very long and weathering on the mind so I find solace in making my space and my wardrobe as cozy as possible. The cold can be tiring but it's worth it to bundle up in the loveliest knits - something I do find myself even missing in the warmer months! I am excited for the practicality, quality, and simple beauty in my Paola sweater.