JEN­NIFER LEBLOND

Where Calgary - - SHOPPING - —Hanna Deeves

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."

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