Steeling Home is a spot on 17th Avenue where you can find home items with an artistic twist. This independent shop makes an effort to carry all Canadian made products, including some antiques.
The shop started in 1993 as an artist run co-operative to showcase local work, focusing on forged iron and steel, and inspiring its name, Steeling Home.
Jennifer Leblond, owner, artist, and mother, is proof that you really can do it all as long as you love what you do.
After going to school for an English degree she discovered her love of metal work. She went on to do commissioned pieces but wanted a way to show off her own designs, which was the birth of Steeling Home.
Today, now that her children are a little older, Leblond is back to her artistic roots designing and collaborating on screenprinted products in her shop, many with a Calgary focus.
Leblond loves Calgary and everything that is has to offer. “You can create yourself and do something. Everything is so possible,” she says, reflecting on the city and how unique it is, being a big city that doesn’t feel big. Calgary’s proximity to nature and the mountains is also the
source of most of Leblond’s inspiration.
She’s a perfect example of how art doesn’t have to be your full time job, “you can be a part time glass blower, and a part time mother, and part time bartender, and a part
time engineer … just keep moving forward,” she says.
“If you really want to do it, keep with it and something will come from it,” says Leblond. It’s hard being an artist, and it’s easy to get discouraged.
“It takes a lot longer than people think to get where you want to go. And I think there’s value in sticking with it.”
"Everything is so possible."