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"Metalsmithing is one of the oldest metal working occupations in the world. I have been a maker since I was little. I didn't know 'what' I wanted to be when I grew up, but I did know I wanted to create and tinker. The more I learned the more I loved designing and creating jewellery. Today, I not only create, but I help others take their art from the studio to the marketplace." - Sarah Smith-Stewart

to instill the notion that a ‘job’ is not the only way to make a living for those with a passion to create. For a communal place to not only learn the skills, but also share tools and equipment for various handicrafts, she created an open access studio at Rock Paper Scissors. And for a way to help people sell their handicrafts and bring it all full circle, she opened a shop dedicated to helping people do just that called Artful Persuasion - a craft collective with shared responsibilities, duties and expenses. I admire her for all of these things because she has essentially taken her love of creating and made a living out of it. Her perseverance through the many ups and downs in her career was fuelled by the fact that she knows, deep down, she is where she belongs. The rewards that she gets from

creating and helping others find their inner creative side are more than enough to keep her going. That, combined with an amazing business sense, has driven her to where she is today. At many levels, this is validation to me that what our students experience through courses like Marketplace have a significant relevance to the real world. I remember Sarah as a teen, interested in anything and everything crafty - whether at school, 4-H or at home, creating with her hands was a must. If she wasn't putting things together to create something new, she was taking things apart to see how they worked. I see her in these students, and now, working away at her passion (crafting in any form) and totally loving it. I feel that I am extremely fortunate in that Sarah helps me maintain a grounded perspective of what it means to be a maker and tinkerer. Our students’ experiences in a Maker-Centred environment allow

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them to not only develop essential skills that will benefit them in the long run but feel the impact of creating something that is truly their own. In today’s world, we get caught up in ensuring that the technology is at the forefront. We sometimes forget that, at the root of it all, we are making. We are allowing the opportunity to discover a passion and a true calling for all of our students. Moreover, that making is not simply a hobby but can -Jul-17 25 rnal h-Jou guide our students into their rappotential Teleg careers.

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Rock Paper Scissors is an open access studio that welcomes crafters of all ages. Brilliant Labs is happy to collaborate with Sarah and her colleagues to inspire young designers.

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