Born and raised in the outskirts of Vancouver, Stefanie Staples spent many of her formative years figure skating, camping and fishing with her father and brother. When not venturing in the outdoors, she remembers quietly observing her Grandmother sewing or knitting cloths in a room full of fabric and household knick-knacks. Although her Grandparents were highly educated, their immigrant status made it difficult to secure jobs in their respective fields. A knitting machine helped supplement their corner store income where the company would pay her Grandmother small amounts of money in exchange for knitted samples. After Staples’ Grandmother passed away in 2005, she inherited her Grandmother’s knitting machine. Although she’s only played with it a few times, it is a reminder of her family’s hard work,

After Staples’ Grandmother passed away in 2005, she inherited her Grandmother’s knitting machine. Although she’s only played with it a few times, it is a reminder of her family’s hard work, determination, and entrepreneurial spirit. Staples attributes her love of textiles to her childhood experiences with her Grandmother, and in 2002 she relocated to Calgary in pursuit of a textiles education at the Alberta College of Art and Design. Since graduating in 2008, she has dabbled in textiles, film, animation, puppetry, and sculpture just to name a few. In 2013, she launched ‘marymake’ – a handmade business specializing in quirky soft sculpture and paper

In 2013, she launched ‘marymake’ – a handmade business specializing in quirky soft sculpture and paper mached objects inspired by nature and the animal kingdom, named after her grandmother, Mary. She can usually be found climbing vertical rock faces in the Rocky Mountains, and creating mixed media sculptures in her home studio in Cochrane, AB.

You can expect to find a Marymake piece for all budgets, as she has items ranging in price from $14 – $395. Check out more of her work on Facebook or Instagram @marymakehandmade.

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