I have had the pleasure of working with Kat for several years now. Her jewellery line Curious Oddities is one of the most popular lines at our three locations, and Kat is a fabulous person to know and to do business with. Season after season, she puts so much work and thought into her business and designs and the results speak for themselves as customers come back time and again to add to their jewellery collections. Let’s learn a bit more about this creative powerhouse!
– Laura-Jean Bernhardson, CEO and founder of Fresh Collective
Name: Kat Shura
Occupation: Collector, curator, dreamer, story teller and creative mastermind behind Curious Oddities jewelry
Age: Ancient soul, young at heart
Lifestyle: I live a passionately creative, colorful, sensual and expressive life, with lots of pie.
What’s a typical day like for you?
My day begins when the cats decide that I’ve slept long enough and it’s high time that I feed them breakfast. Generally I shoot for a leisurely morning, especially when I know it’s going to be a long day in the studio. I work for myself and really enjoy what I do, so I’ve found it essential to block in some non-work, self-centre time, for coffee, yoga, breakfast and even a little reading. Most of my days are spent in my studio, making jewelry or photographing pieces; I love listening to Old-time radio detective stories and audiobooks while I work. Mid-day I usually take a break to walk to the farmers market to pick up things for dinner and get a little sunshine, then back to the studio till evening! I love checking out live bands at night when I’m feeling social, a bath and a good book when I’m not.
What in your life is really important to you?
My health, vitality and imagination, the close connection that I have with my mum even though she lives so far away, my caring and supportive community of family, friends and fellow crafters, good food, a garden, lots of personal space and of course, my cats!
What would you like to be remembered for?
My creativity, my passion, my spirit and my ability to help people see and value the beauty and magic that surrounds them.
What role does fashion play in your life?
I love watching fashions and trends emerge from street level and grow to mainstream, I find it absolutely fascinating. As well, I find it wonderful to see how younger generations pick and choose looks from earlier periods- mixing and matching pieces into completely new styles. Some of the results are a little frightening, but I have always loved fashion as a display of art and creativity, social challenge or personal expression.
What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?
I love the great selection of Yasmine Louis shirts, I’m a huge fan of her work! Lots of other fantastic Canadian designers as well and the staff is very knowledgeable about the brands which is really helpful.
What do you have that you want to promote?
I’m going to start writing in my blog again, check it out! curiousoddities.wordpress.com
Where can people find you on social media?
- Shop: curiousodditiesshop.com
- Web: www.curiousoddities.ca
- Blog: curiousoddities.wordpress.com
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/CuriousOddities
- Twitter: twitter.com/CuriousOddities
- Instagram: @curiousodditiesshop
- Pinterest: Curious oddities shop