Meet the Team
I am the creative force behind Birch Artisan Studio. Born in Victoria, BC, my connection to Vancouver Island’s natural environment can be seen throughout our collections.
I’m inspired by the beauty found in nature. It is simple, elegant, intelligent, resilient and so full of life and history. Trees especially hold a special place in my heart. They speak to my spirit in way that is hard to explain. I imagine the stories they carry, everything they have seen and the life that they support. That’s why we have a standing commitment to our environment, so that generations to come can experience Mother Nature’s wonders.
I have always been a crafter, coming from a long line of talented women. After many years of learning everything I could about all crafts, Krista asked if I would be interested in helping her with her jewelry. This started the journey of transition from crafter to artisan.
The making of these beautiful pieces is only a small part of my enjoyment of my new life. Working the markets and shows, meeting and seeing the connection customers have with these pieces has been very rewarding. Stories have been shared, as well as many tears and hugs.
Steve French (aka Gato, Tito, Monkitos, French Fry)
I am the Studio Cat and havoc-wreaker of the team. Born in Saskatoon, SK, I was adopted by our fearless leader and have been involved with the company since the beginning.
My preference is definitely to be outside, on the prowl for interesting things or gifts for the team, but when I am required to be inside I can often be found in front of the computer (litterally) or helping tangle threading materials.
I am head of the studio’s security, no one gets by me unnoticed! I’m also very good at collecting sticks for our wood pieces, although once collected I do have a hard time letting them go for production. I love going out for hikes to forage and am always good for a belly rub.