Nominated for the award: Fashion and Style
Company: SPIRIT OF VERA
Position: Silversmith, Owner Operator
Biography: Vera is a mostly self taught silversmith in service to the community and the environment. She uses recycled sterling silver, hand crafts all pieces and offers a lifetime warranty. All pieces are available in sizes that accommodate all body types! Silver is recycled in an environmentally responsible way, in Canada or the United States and are of the highest quality! Veras inspiration for her sourcing stems from her exploration of and deep respect towards mother Gaia. While on a spirit quest in Palenque, Mexico, Vera was blessed to encounter a Mayan shaman and silversmith. They practiced ancient rituals and Vera was shown how to silversmith. Having fallen in love with silver, she backpacked and hitchhiked back to Canada and invested the last of her funds in silver and equipment. Now 4 years later, she's establishing a reputation as a artist and business owner committed to sustainability through the choice of materials and her commitment to repairing pieces.