Boots & Pine


Mary Grisey in Bloordale

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Where did you grow up?

Huntington Beach, California.

What brought you to Toronto? 

 A combination of true love and a great MFA funding package at York University (versus the cost of graduate school in the U.S.).

What do you do for a living?

Artist/Jewelry Designer & Tarot Reader.

How did you get started?

I learned how to weave back in 2007 at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and fell in love with it. My art is super interdisciplinary (incorporating ceramics and found objects), although fiber is usually the main component. I’ve been making jewelry for about 6 years now. There is a powerful energy in jewelry that I am drawn to and it’s really just another outlet of my art practice. I’ve also been reading tarot for about 10 years and currently conduct readings at Likely General in Roncesvalles every Sunday.

What’s your favourite thing about your neighbourhood?

I love the grit. It reminds me of being back home in my old neighborhood, the Mission, in San Francisco. Lots of interesting characters and not completely gentrified yet. Also, there is a great vegan bakery down the street that makes incredible jelly-filled donuts.

What’s the last treasure you found?

A friend of mine recently traded me this magical 1970′s hand-embroidered Afghan coat for one of my handwoven necklaces. I love it so much. I think there’s a spirit attached to it.

If you were going to eat your last meal in Toronto, where and what would you eat?

A burger & fries at Bestellen’s.

If you could have a sleepover with anyone who has ever existed, who would it be?

Marjorie Cameron. She would read my astrological chart and I would read her tarot.

If your life was a TV show, what would be the theme song?

Flatlands by Chelsea Wolfe – I’m always dreaming of distant lands.

What does Toronto need that it doesn’t have now?

A broader, less conservative art market that caters to a wider variety of mediums. Also, more amazing websites like this that celebrate local makers!

See Mary’s work at and Follow her on Instagram @marygrisey and @meta_jewelry. Follow her on Tumblr.

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