Born in New Westminster, B.C. but lived in 12 other B.C. communities growing up
What Do You Do at Crafted Vancouver?
I'm the founder and executive director of CV.
Describe Your Artistic Practice
Other than dabbling in travel photography, garden design & heritage home restoration, my background doesn’t include a professional artistic practice. I worked out of the Granville & Smithe A&A Records (remember them?) as provincial supervisor for many years then had a career as an RN - Community Mental Health nurse on the adult psychiatric team. I left to homeschool my three sons for 10 years and began a Young Naturalist’s Club for homeschoolers for 5 years. Numerous volunteer positions and a lifelong passion for travel and craft traditions sparked the journey to founding Crafted Vancouver.
Favourite cup of tea:
I (and Daniel Day Lewis apparently), prefer a nice cuppa Lapsang Souchong in the afternoon.
A book that changed my life:
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren. The “strongest girl in the world”. With a suitcase full of gold coins, a wild imagination and an unconventional and unpredictable nature Pippi was a cherished “friend” during a nomadic childhood.
Relax and recharge station:
Ross Point at Lake Talon, Ontario. Eight generations of my husband’s family have gathered and settled here each summer circa 1861. It is the heart of our family.
Best live performance I've seen:
Hundreds really, but maybe - Queen 1977 (we tracked them down at the Bayshore for photos & autographs), Led Zeppelin 1977 at the Kingdome (still got the t-shirt) U2 Boy Tour 1981 at the Commodore, Bruce Cockburn under the stars at the Stein Valley Voices for Wilderness Festival 1989. Oh and so many more recent ones too!