MacFarlane grew up watching her uncle in the blacksmith shop on their family Manitoulin farm. But it was many years later that MacFarlane first explored making metal jewellery while living in Europe. She was intrigued by the exceptional designs and quality of European goldsmiths.
“This respect for the skills of traditional goldsmiths is complimented by my deep admiration of our natural world and the artistry found there, likely ingrained from my early years growing up in Deep River, in northern Ontario.”
MacFarlane’s curiosity with the natural world led me to first pursue a scientific career, studying biochemistry and doing research in Canada and the Netherlands. After some 16 years abroad, she returned to Canada, and embarked in a new direction and studied jewellery arts at the Haliburton School of the Arts.