I'm super excited to be launching a new segment, the Passion Project. Over the last few years I've had the pleasure of meeting so many absolutely amazing people in various industries, all with one amazing thing in common...
They took their passions and created something amazing!
Just about everywhere I go, I always find myself asking other people about why they chose their path and how they've worked towards doing what they love. I'm intrigued to know more and I'm always left completely inspired by everyone I meet!
I know this community also loves hearing these kinds of stories which is why the Passion Project needed to come to life. I'll be sharing various interviews throughout the course of the next few months that I know will inspire you too.
The way I met Jaqueline Tamblyn is probably one of my most random and favourite stories to date. We met through Kijiji (yup, you read that right)! Since I only ever wear my own designs, I was left with a number of designer bags gathering dust in my closet, so I decided my bags needed better homes where they would actually get worn. And that is how I ended up crossing paths with Jaqueline! Since we obviously both had a thing for fashion and she had just moved to the city recently, we went for brunch and the rest is history!
Can you tell us a bit about where you're from?
I’m from Toronto and moved to Edmonton about a year and a half ago for love. Although I miss my friends and family, I have fallen in love with Edmonton and really admire the impact creatives have on the culture here.
When did you start painting?
I started painting when I was in grade school. I took classes for years at the Avenue Road School of Arts and eventually created a makeshift studio in my parents basement. Needless to say there were lots of pink paint splatters that my parents weren’t too pleased about.
Can you tell us a bit about your creative process and what inspires your paintings?
I have always been a real visual person with a love for colour. I think my process is a lot about how I’m feeling and what makes me happy. I’m a therapist and truly believe that having a creative outlet to help process feelings has been a real blessing for me personally.
What made you decide to take your art from hobby to selling your creations?
I think I have always thought about painting as something for me, a way to feed my soul and nurture my creativity. Friends and family approached me about the paintings they would see hanging in my many apartments and inquired about purchasing and private commissions. So I think the process of selling my work happened pretty organically.
When you think of someone full of passion for what they do, who comes to mind and why?
I think I would have to say when I think of someone who is incredibly passionate about what they do I think of my mom. She has always been very conscious and aware and is constantly growing and integrating her knowledge and wisdom into her counselling work. She has since retired from the field of counselling psychology but volunteers at hospice, helping family members grieve the loss of loved ones. She is amazing, and amazingly passionate about helping others. I am very grateful for her, and her message to never stop dreaming and the importance of believing in yourself.
If someone came up to you and asked you for advice on where to start with chasing their dreams, what would you tell them?
I would say you only live once, and so what are you waiting for!
Here's a few fun fashion related questions...
How would you describe your style?
If I had to describe my style I would say it’s quite eclectic! I have always loved trying new trends, shopping at thrift stores and hunting for designer items,but also couldn’t live without my classic motorcycle leather jacket and jeans. I’m all over the map!
If you could have anyones closet, who would it be?
If I could have anyone’s closet I’d have to say Sienna Miller. She has been my style idol since I was 16.
What is the one piece in your closet you can't live without?
My Nili Lotan tel aviv jeans. I could sleep in them they are so comfortable!
What's your favourite DUVAL bag?
Meraki Crossbody is my favourite! It’s such a classic simple design and the perfect size for day and night!
Find Jacqueline's art on Instagram @tamblynjacqueline