My maker story began as a creative pastime. I worked for years in a high pressure profession while managing chronic migraines. Creating beautiful things (and yoga!) helped to keep me grounded and provided me with a way to find some balance. After more than a decade of struggling with a work/health balance, I've come to appreciate that there is no better life than one that is curated to enhance my capabilities, my health and my well being. The story of Fluid Concept as my calling began.
osiah and Katrina Rosie are the couple behind Rosewood Restorations. Originally from New Zealand, Josiah met Katrina (a Canadian) while working at a summer camp in Alberta. The couple married, and lived in New Zealand for a number of years together. They then moved to Kingston, Ontario for Katrina to pursue further study.
Working and studying full time, the pair are always looking for creative outlets. Rosewood Restoration was born of this creativity. Together, they design and create custom furniture and housewares which are both beautiful and practical. Beginning in their rental apartment’s basement, Rosewood Restorations has recently been upgraded to a garage. Says Josiah, “We finally have space to make into a full-sized workshop!”
The Hebe Store offers a number of intricate pop-up cards, with designs featuring canadiana, nature, transportation, and occasions. They also do custom work for businesses. Each card is cut by laser and assembled by hand for a beautiful final product with a personal touch. Their cards have a certain wow-factor that is hard to deny, and an intricacy unmatched by mainstream market offerings.
In Iran, where I am from, there is a centuries-old culture of creativity and handcrafted arts and decor. I owned my own shop and sold Persian carpets and tablecloths until I met and married my Canadian wife, Allison. In fact, Mohsen Wood Craft is the product of a beautiful love story. In 2007 after surviving cancer, Allison decided she would travel to the gorgeous country of Iran for a fresh start. We met in the local bazaar where I sold Persian carpets. We hit it off and the rest is history! Four years of long distance later, I finally made it to Canada in 2011. When I moved to Canada I needed to retrain. I chose woodworking and cabinetmaking because it allowed me to continue to be creative while earning a living. Mohsen Wood Craft has been in the works ever since. With a focus on local and sustainable craftsmanship, I make tables, cutting boards and other wood products in my home shop using new and reclaimed local hardwoods.