Preciseness is truly understood by the hand-makers of this world. They know the time and patience it takes to turn out quality, one of a kind products. They connect with their tools and their materials and the process of creating something beautiful is never taken for granted. Thrive is proud to carry the art of one of our local hand-makers, Emily McPhee, whose craft has lead her to create her stunning jewelry line HART + STONE. We were curious about how Emily came into her line of work and what makes her #Thriveinlife.
“Enjoy the little things in life and always look on the bright side. I think that it is super important to always stay positive - this will help you thrive.”
What a beautiful outlook on life this is from someone who is so connected to her work. How fitting that Emily is one who creates little things for others that can bring them joy and positivity in life. Growing up in an artistic household, Emily has always been surrounded by an environment that encouraged creativity.
“I started HART + STONE last October out of a love for jewelry making. I’ve been making jewelry since I was 12. I originally went to school for Fashion Design and felt like jewelry design was the right path to pursue.”
Clearly, she was right. Emily finds beauty in the simple things, and takes her inspiration from the beautiful island of Salt Spring she lives on. She works mostly with 14k gold filled and sterling silver, incorporating in natural stones, often leaving them in their raw forms. The result is a simplistic line that mirrors the geometric shapes that nature creates.
A true entrepreneur at heart, Emily's biggest reason for doing what she does is because she loves it! It is a challenge to juggle every aspect of running a business, especially when it is only a one-woman show, and it is an even greater feat to find joy in all the work that it involves.
“I enjoy each and every process that goes into HART + STONE. I wear many hats and feel like I fit each one.”
Starting a business isn't easy, but for Emily, building her business from the ground up herself, is her biggest accomplishment thus far. HART + STONE is now in 12 stores, and counting, and Emily has an enormous amount of gratitude for everyone who has helped it thrive. When things do get too hectic, and she feels like she is no longer thriving, Emily escapes into travel to get herself a boost.
“Traveling always helps me recharge. I don’t have to go far either. Sometimes just a little trip off the island helps. Then I’m usually eager to get back in the studio.”
Even though she may need to roam away from home from time to time, she picked a great community to start her venture in. Salt Spring has a huge network of creators of all kinds with a wealth of knowledge and experience who are always happy to see new artisans pursuing their craft.
“Salt Spring is such an artist driven community and I feel like I get back so much more than I give. Everyone is so supportive. I do my best to support the farmers and makers on the island.”
Salt Spring fosters a community of sustainable living, where growing and creating locally is highly encouraged. This mentality is inline with what HART + STONE stands for and values. Emily is thankful to produce her art somewhere that recognizes the importance of green living.
“The majority of products that the western world purchases are mass produced half way around the globe, which adds so much to our carbon footprint, deforestation, and more. We are all driven by a world of blind mass consumerism. A lot of people don’t realize the impact that goes into those products. We are so fortunate to live where we do and have a choice not to purchase from these companies. We can buy from small businesses and hand-crafters. Supporting this and encouraging people to do so helps in our overall process to stay green.
When I talk to people about what I do, part of the reason they buy from me is that I do make everything myself. HART + STONE is for the person who goes for quality over quantity.”
When asked what the best advice she has been given, she offers a simple quote that shows both her humbleness and ability to ground herself:
“Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have”.
Her own advice to someone like herself sums up the perseverance and passion of a hand-maker and the invaluable learning experience you have by being your own boss.
“Never give up. If you love something keep doing it. There will be hard times, but if you can move past those you’ll be left with something amazing. Owning and operating my own business has been the best and scariest thing I’ve ever done. I’ve made mistakes, and I’ve learned from them. If I gave up after every mistake I wouldn’t be where I am. They’ve made me stronger and now I feel like I can accomplish anything.”
Visit Thrive in store or online to purchase HART + STONE's beautiful jewelry.