Reduce, reuse and recycle and mom of three – Heidi is the super mom and business babe behind Hekkal & Hyde. Making beautiful handbags, snack bags and napkins out of eco-friendly materials. Check her out below!

Heidi – HEKKAL & HYDE

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WHAT DO YOU MAKE/SELL? TELL US ABOUT YO’ SELF

I design and make eco-friendly handbags made from discarded home décor

materials. I also make hand-dyed and hand-printed reusable snack bags and

reusable napkins. Everything I make is based on consuming less and reusing

more.

I have a degree in Art and Sociology from U of C (specializing in Criminology,

Deviance and Social Control…wha? Yeah, really). I also have a certificate in

Event Management from MRU. I am a mom of three boys. I worked in TV and

Event Planning before deciding to stay home after my second son and start

Hekkal & Hyde. I’m a born and raised Calgarian, and I adore my city.

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HOW LONG HAVE YOU HAD YOUR BUSINESS?

I started Hekkal & Hyde in 2011.

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HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?

My husband and I have been self-employed for quite some time. My husband is

a broadcast sports camera operator, and I run the business from home. After the

birth of our second son in 2010, I knew I wouldn’t be able to go back to working

in TV and events because it’s generally hard to get a babysitter for the hours I

was working. I missed creative work, so I started designing and sewing. The

name Hekkal & Hyde evolved from the name of our existing company (Hekkal

Inc.), a play on my initials and my husband’s name, and Hyde – that’s what my

friends call me 

Five years, three sewing machines, a studio renovation and a third son later,

here I am!

WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOUR WORK?

I love decorative arts, and I have always admired the work of Gustav Klimt, who

inspires much of my work. I often model a bag after a celebrity style. In the fall I

sold my “Cyndi Lauper” bag! That was a favourite.

WHAT DO YOU DREAM FOR YOUR BUSINESS IN THE FUTURE?

I look forward to one day having a gallery space specific to Calgary artists,

designers and artisans. This city has so much talent, and we all know the

benefits of supporting local.

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WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM AND WHY?

I adore Instagram. I am a visual person, and it’s a fantastic showcase for artists

and makers. I find it to be a lot more positive than other platforms, where people

can get a little nasty with each other.

HOW DO YOU PICK YOURSELF UP WHEN THINGS GO WRONG?

I have three boys and my husband works out of town a lot, things are always

going wrong, haha! But seriously, I try to maintain perspective – I am so lucky to

be able to do what I love, surrounded by the people I love. Whatever goes wrong,

it’s nothing compared to what some people endure. And coffee helps.

WHAT’S ONE THING NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT YOU? GIVE US AN INTERESTING FACT!

I spent Grade 12 as a student and crew member on the Maiden Voyage of the

SV Concordia, circumnavigating South America on a tall ship (yes, the SV

Concordia that sunk off the coast of Brazil in 2010!).

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IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY SUPER POWER WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Definitely the ability to manipulate time. I would have a time lottery, so that

people could have more of those amazing moments with their favourite people. I

could make way more bags too.

WHAT ARE YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLES?

Facebook:  hekkalandhyde

Instagram: @hekkalandhyde

WHERE CAN WE FIND YOUR STUFF?

www.hekkalandhyde.com

www.hekkalandhyde.etsy.com

My next market is The Vixens of Vintage Spring Fling April 22 & 23!

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