One day, Canadian Rachel Swirsky realized she was not meant to be a teacher. So she quit.
Then, she discovered during her hunt for a new job, that plus sized women just weren’t offered that much in the way of attractive accessories. She began making her own, and wearing them when she went out. Eventually, she decided to give her education a restart – in jewelry design and refabrication. The product of her work can be seen at her Etsy shop, Phonyart.
It’s been a long road from where she began as a jewelry designer to where she is now. Says Rachel about her art, “I still want to create fun and fashionable jewelery and accessories for plus sized women and men at a reasonable price point. All my jewelry comes in larger sizes, can be extended to larger sizes, and is built to stand out whatever the size of the wearer. ”
Her commitment to plus size fashion has continued, and now she even runs her own plus size blog for Canadian women, Fat and Feminine in Toronto, as well as owning a second Etsy shop,
When asked about the Canadian trends towards plus-sized people in the face of Canada being declared overwhelmingly healthy, Rachel responds:
“The biggest problem up here is neither the lack of good fashion (although that is a huge issue) nor which city is healthier than any other. My biggest fear is that our ‘universal healthcare’ will decide to be not so universal. I am concerned that more and more people are being turned away for not fitting a “healthy profile”. Smoking, being a different size, living alternative lifestyles… these are all slowly but surely being used to say ‘sorry, no care for you.’ “