Morgan Dowler is the owner and designer of Eleventh House Jewellery, and one of Assembly's resident makers. Today we chat with her about all the things!
How did you get started?
Back in 2011 while I was still living in Nova Scotia, I went on a trip to visit Cape Breton Island with a friend of mine. While we were taking a walk along the Atlantic ocean, I noticed some arrowhead shaped rocks that I thought would make nice pendants. That's when I began to teach myself to wire wrap objects to be worn as pendants.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I like to pack my days pretty full with everything and anything. I am finding I am spending more and more time in the studio these past 6 months, which I am grateful for! As much as I like being busy with work I also appreciate the amazing community I have found since moving to Toronto so I will almost always end my days with seeing friends.
You often use crystals in your work. What would be your recommendation for someone wanting to get started with them-what are your top choices for starting a collection?
Rose Quartz! Rose Quartz is known as the "Love Stone" and thought to promote self love, romantic love, platonic love, all kinds of love! I find it to be a very calming stone to have around.
What/who inspires your collection?
100% all of the incredible womyn in my life. I think my friends are the coolest and have the best style. When making something I consider whether or not I could see my friends wearing the piece.
I know Eleventh House is not your only gig, you have many projects on the go! How do you find the balance between these competing priorities?
I thrive off being somewhat overwhelmed with things to do, so having multiple projects on the go is how I usually operate. Balance is something I am working towards haha...
What's one piece of advice you would give to someone just starting a business?
Persist and power through all of the times you think it isn't worth it! You will have many of those times owning a business, but you gotta stay strong and keep in mind what drove you to start your business in the first place.
What's a book or band you are loving right now?
I am currently re-reading "Fall on Your Knees" by Toronto author Ann-Marie MacDonald. Her books are depressing as HELL but so beautifully written. As for music, Soupcans. Soupcans forever.