Shiver was born when I started collecting soap as a child. Shelves and shelves of soap lined by bedroom walls. Since I was a child I have loved creating things.
I was 19 when I moved to Montreal and lived there for 2 years. I did my first craft sale in my college’s basement and sold lip balms, bath salts and other creations. At first I called my little hobby “Spider Web Naturals” ( I saw a spider web in my bedroom and the Montreal incarnation began). But it didn’t have the ring I wanted. So I decided upon Shiver Soaps once the real soap making began in Winnipeg a few years later.
Eventually in my early 20s while living in a bachelor suite in West Broadway I started collecting the start up supplies for soap making. I read books from the library and spent hours researching online. Soon enough, I started making soap and fell in love immediately. Shiver Soap was officially born.
Soap has become one of my creative outlets – a genuine happy place. Each batch is unique. I do not create cookie cutter soaps, instead each recipe, design and end product has its own personality. If I wanted to be a soap factory, I would quit social services and become a full time soapster. This is truly a passion, motivated by the desire to create.
I live with Borderline Personality Disorder and creativity is such an important part of expressing and coping with my mental health. Art gives me a sense of excitement and accomplishment. I love experimenting and am always researching a new project or product. Having something I feel passionate about is a wonderful gift. On the good days and dark days it motivates me to find new possibilities.