As 2024 unfolds, it carries with it a weight of significance for me, marking three decades since I first opened the doors to my humble shop in the heart of Calgary, Alberta. Prior to that milestone, my hands were busy crafting hats for various boutiques, each stitch a testament to my dedication and love for the art. And now, as this pivotal year dawns upon me, I find myself overcome with a mix of emotions as I make a heartfelt decision to embark on a new chapter in my life.
With a warmth that fills my soul, I’ve chosen to embrace a semi-retirement. Yet, rest assured, my journey is far from over. I remain committed to seeing through the projects I’ve initiated, pouring my energy into my artwork and ventures that await. Three decades of sheer bliss, of weaving dreams into tangible elegance through the creation of beautiful hats and headpieces, have left an indelible mark on my spirit.
Though my passion for the world of headwear still burns brightly, I recognize the need for a shift in focus. Thus, I’ve resolved to make 2024 the final year of showcasing my creations in Calgary. While I may continue to grace smaller venues in the picturesque landscapes of British Columbia, the emphasis will be less pronounced. I will continue to teach online as well as in private in groups of 2 or more.
For those who have adorned themselves with my designs over the years, fret not. Your access to my work remains unhindered, as I take to digitizing my portfolio and offerings, making them available for purchase online. To my cherished retailers, I extend the same courtesy, ensuring that my creations reach those who seek them, regardless of distance.
To each and every individual who has shared in this remarkable journey of creativity, I extend my deepest gratitude. Your support, your encouragement, has been the driving force behind every stitch, every design. And though this chapter draws to a close, I hold onto the hope of crossing paths with familiar faces once more.
In the months to come, I invite you to peruse my website, where a curated selection of millinery supplies and other treasures shall find their home. To all who have walked alongside me, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Here’s to new beginnings, and to the memories that shall forever be woven into the fabric of my being. Maria