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Artisan releases nature-inspired collection

Artisan Teresa DeReis

A selection of handcrafted soaps, made with ingredients grown and foraged in Prince George, is now available at Two Rivers Gallery.

This is the latest collection from Teresa DeReis, a local artisan who is passionate about environment, self-sufficiency, and community. Her newly-released Signature Artisan Soap Collection features ingredients she grew in her garden, foraged from nature, and purchased from local farmers.

“This collection represents what is most important to me,” says Teresa, “community, nature, the simple beauty and abundance they provide.”

Teresa says she is excited to see people’s interest in buying and producing locally, which she sees in the the success of small local businesses like Hope Farm Organics, Betulla Burning, Birch & Boar, and their collaboration with each other.

“I love seeing local restaurants buying from local farmers…it’s one of the best things that can happen for the sustainability of our community! Anyone buying from local farmers, it’s so important. It’s something I try to do as much as possible.”

Teresa collaborated with Hope Farm Organics on her last artisan soap collection, and she has incorporated some of her favourite and most popular of those soaps into her new Signature Collection.

“I was honoured to be invited by Two Rivers Gallery to have my soaps available in their gift shop. They’re familiar with my products, since I’ve been doing their Artisan and Maker Fairs for a few years now, and I really appreciate their support of my work.”

Teresa started a blog in 2012, Adventures in Self-Sufficiency, to share her experiences in gardening, wild-foraging, cooking from scratch, soap making, and more. She now also sells natural soaps, wild teas, preserves, herbs and spices, vinegar infusions and other handcrafted products, as well as teaching a series of DIY workshops including gardening, wild-foraging, soap-making and sourdough.

The Signature Artisan Soap Collection is available now, at the Two Rivers Gallery gift shop, until sold out. For those who are interested, Teresa suggests, “These soaps are limited edition, and there’s only a few of each, so get them while you can.”

Two Rivers Gallery is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon-Wed/Fri-Sat, and noon – 5 p.m. Sundays. Thursdays they are open 10 a.m.. – 9 p.m., and they also offer free admission to their art exhibits that day.

Teresa (Adventures in Self-Sufficiency) has been creating natural soaps and other specialty home, bath, and beauty products since 2015. Her products focus on using and showcasing locally grown and wild-foraged ingredients, and using artistic design to create products that are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the skin. Teresa also writes a blog and teaches DIY classes to help people with their own adventures in self-sufficiency. To learn more, visit her website (www.adventuresinselfsufficiency.com) or Facebook page (www.facebook.com/AdventuresinSelfSufficiency).