Chocolate inspires me. Eating it, gazing at it, cooking with it and enjoying it all inspire me to create choco-centric art.
Why? Well, because I love chocolate and I love creating things with my hands.
I have always been a maker. Someone who makes and creates things. Over the years I have done this in many ways, but really making art is what I love to do. It excites me. I get up wanting to work and create beauty for others to enjoy.
Ironically I didn’t really take much art in school. Going into grade 7 we had to choose art or band, as they were offered at the same time, so it was one or the other. I took band (and can play many instruments), but it meant that I did not take art all through junior high and high school.
I did do artsy things though. I always had some craft project on the go, and by the time I was in high school I had a collection of over 100 necklaces, so many that I had made with wire, beads, gems, string, paper, clay and a few that had been purchased, gifted to me or handed down. I had always played with wire and string and making bracelets, but necklaces became one of my loves in high school. Perhaps that is why I ended up in a Goldsmithing program?
Now I create art regularly and most of it is centered around chocolate. I love getting inspiration from chocolate. Some days the cacao tree inspires me, while other days a bar of chocolate and its interesting texture or pattern inspire me. I have created sterling silver and gold pieces with chocolate themes. Designing some custom fabrics in 2020 was so much fun, and I use them to create other items like pouches to put chocolate bars in, face masks (because 2020/21), tote bags, and a few other items here and there. Screen printing chocolate designs is also something I offer and have screen printed anything from ornaments made with recycled chocolate bar wrappers, notebooks, tote bags and t-shirts, the possibilities are endless. I also collaborated and illustrated The Chocolate Notebook second edition and am currently working on the next edition.
Earlier this year I launched Happy Mail for Chocolate Lovers and am loving every minute of creating this monthly subscription and am learning so much along the way, plus I am having a lot of fun with it, putting a lot of joy and chocolate love into it.
Last year I also wrote a series of blog posts about Do It Yourself holiday decorations that I hope to add to this year. I also have been working on 12 one-of-a-kind advent calendars since January of 2021.
I do all these things because I love making things for other people to use and enjoy. I love using my skills, hands, and creativity to make a physical product.
I’d love to know what you’d like to see me create in the future or hear if you have any favourite items that I am already creating.