RANAE of FAIRE DE LA MODE
Tell us about you and what role handmade plays in your life…
I love working with my hands and the feeling of being surrounded by all the things that I’ve made. There is just a type of feeling that something handmade embodies as opposed to something factory made that feels very warm and comforting. I honestly wish I had the time to make (or at least learn to make) absolutely everything not just jewellery! I have ceramics on my radar for my next pet project and I would like to get back into painting.
What is something fun, interesting and/or personal about you and your business?
Faire de la Mode unexpectedly emerged from my fine arts background and exposure to the fashion industry. At age 12, I started my career in the modelling industry and became influenced by working with some of Toronto’s most talented designers, studying their design process and becoming infected by their passion. My love for fashion would be forever imprinted but I would later leave modelling to return to my introverted roots, trading painting and sketching for creating wearable art.
In 2012, the Faire de la Mode (pronounced: Fair-do-la-mud) Etsy store was launched. "Faire de la Mode" directly translates from French to “make fashion”, but means something closer to showing off your own style. From the beginning I sought to define the Faire de la Mode brand as an inclusive sisterhood, a celebration of girl power, representative of women of all backgrounds and orientations-- something I found lacking in the fashion industry and have personally experienced myself as a woman of colour.
What is it that you specialize in within the crafting/handmade goods world?
I am a jewellery maker specializing in metal forging and I also do illustrations for posters and cards.
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