Paper & Wings celebrates life’s detours & adventures.
I wanted a non-traditional way of living. So after getting my psychology degree, I took a detour and became a flight attendant. Shortly after, I bought a camera, got into design—and started exploring the world.Six continents, 42 countries and 23 years later, I’m still flying and creating. My life and dual career are anything but usual. It’s the same for anyone, whether or not they travel as a profession. For me, the experience of traveling inspires my artistic creations. I am energized by the adventure of discovering what’s different about a place other than home.
Paper & Wings brings my worlds together.
And as much as I love the wonder and adventure of exploration, I’m always delighted to have the balance of nesting back at home in Halifax. So much of my travel and experiences have influenced my design, as well as the rituals I keep in my creation process.
Several years ago, I spent a week in Hangzhou, China, where I did tea ceremonies every morning. I learned to slow down and take things in. When I got back to Canada, I adapted the tea ceremony as a daily ritual, and it’s in this space with Dragon Well Green or oolong that I go into artistic mode.
The world is a big place, filled with cozy pockets. It’s these moments that evoke the sense that there’s not a problem that can’t be solved with a plane ticket and a change of scenery.
It’s life detours and adventures that have inspired, and are celebrated by Paper & Wings.