Keep Company

Name | Hometown | Currently Reside In?

Shayna Stevenson | Ajax, ON | Toronto, ON

Jen Collins | Fife, Scotland | Scranton, PA

Is your work influenced by season or changing weather?

Shayna: Definitely. I’m a sucker for the changing of seasons, and you can see that reflected in the colours I use and inspirations for new pieces.

Jen: The cooler months are a good time for mug production; not only are they perfect for holding a warm beverage, they make a great little gift too.

What’s the best thing you’ve ever gotten in the mail?

Shayna: My mom once sent me two boxes of my favourite north american comfort foods while I was living in Japan.

Jen: My best friend surprised me on my birthday last year by sending a beautiful little wooden bowl that she’d hand-turned herself.

What is your favorite holiday tradition (new or old)?

Shayna: Making a big Christmas morning breakfast with my family.

Jen: Taking a few days out to do nothing but watch films, eat food and drink hot toddies with your favourite people.

How do you find comfort?

Shayna: Naps and hot baths, but not at the same time.

Jen: A couple of hours to myself is best spent with a blanket, pile of pillows, cup of tea and a good book.

Do you have a favorite fall/winter/holiday memory?

Shayna: Very slowly walking around the city after an ice storm. Everything was so quiet and ridiculously beautiful.

Jen: Spending a few days in a cottage with friends during our first proper Canadian winter. Highlight: ice skating on a lake. Low point: using an outhouse in -20ºc.

What is your go-to holiday dish?

Shayna: I prefer to bake, so I often make an apple blackberry crumble. And mulled wine to stay warm. 🙂

Jen: My boyfriend turns our festive leftovers into a Scottish dish called Rumbledethumps: mix all of the roasted veg with mashed potatoes, cover with cheese and bake in an oven. YUM.