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Wild Blue Yonder

Amber A., Wild Blue Yonder, Artisan + Owner

Hamilton, ON

As teenager Amber, Wild Blue Yonder, Artisan + Owner, was already creating and selling her handmade jewelry. She studied Fine Arts at McMaster University while also spending a great deal of time in the wood-working studio where she discovered epoxy resin and became very interested in the possibilities of resin combined with wood. Jennifer launched Wild Blue Yonder in the spring of 2016 and is seen in 15 retailers across Canada. Every piece created is one of a kind and high-calibre, including nickel-free brass and sterling silver chain, sterling silver ring blanks and gold-filled earring backings.

Where did the inspiration for your business stem from?

I have always been a bit of a scavenger. On trips or hikes, even as a kid, I have always been compelled to find something interesting or different to take home with me as a keepsake. There is something very special about an object you find while travelling: It signifies a sense of adventure, specific memories, relationships, and a finite period of time. This impulse to collect and keep is what led me to my early resin experiments, which grew into my craft practice as it exists today.

What is the best part of what you do and why?

Two things. One, I get to make art every day. It’s the healthiest way for me to exist. And second, the flexibility of entrepreneurship outweighs pretty much every struggle.

There is something very special about an object you find while travelling: It signifies a sense of adventure, specific memories, relationships, and a finite period of time.

Amber A., Wild Blue Yonder, Artisan + Owner

Hamilton, ON

What is your favourite component to your workspace and why?

Ah my studio. It’s full of art, art supplies, my jewelry and jewelry tools – it’s mostly an incredible mess, but I love every square inch of it. My favourite feature is that it’s a separate space from my living space – keeping clear boundaries for me to adhere to and maintain a good work/life balance.

What did you wonder about when you were growing up?

I grew up in the country and spent a lot of time star gazing. My best childhood memories will forever be clear summer nights chatting with my siblings and friends, staring into the sky. It was lovely. Now when we escape to the north for a weekend of camping or canoeing, one of my favourite things to do is watch the starlit sky, late into the night.

What advice would you give to aspiring entrepreneurs?

Seek mentorship from someone with expertise in your field. It will save you time, money, and heartbreak to learn from a pro! They will be happy to see you succeed too – it’s a really valuable relationship to have.

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