Meet The Face Behind

FITZY

A BRIKA maker story

Robin Fitzsimons

TORONTO, ON
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“I believe in the good in people.”

“Less but better are words I live by.”


“I love it when I can spend a whole Sunday making dinner.”


“Less but better are words I live by.”


In September of 2012, Robin, armed with a BFA in Sculpture and Installation from the Ontario College of Art and Design, started a 365 day project as a way to bring more spontaneity to her practice; every single day for a year she made something new and posted it online. After a bit of pushing from friends and family, Robin decided to start selling some of the goods she had been making, and Fitzy was born!



Why is making handmade goods important to you?
Initially handmade was important to me because I love to do it. I get so much joy from getting lost in the rhythm of working with my hands. I also recognize from it's so important to stay connected to how objects are made, value the labor that goes into producting them, and support quality over quantity.

Who or what inspires you to do the work that you do? Why?
Successful businesswomen. I have so much admiration for women who run their own business, because it's not easy.

Tell us about a challenge you've had and how it has affected your work.

When I started Fitzy I had ZERO business training. I had avoided business classes my whole life. So when I first had to start thinking about bookkeeping, marketing, inventory, and all that other fun stuff I was shocked by how much time the business side took away from designing and making. In the two years since I started Fitzy, I've learned a ton about the business side of things, and am working on learning new things all the time. It's given me so much respect for anyone who makes a living running their own small business.


“Good food, great friends, and family make me the happiest. ”
PRODUCTS BY FITZY
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