Sheryl Kirby has always has a creative streak. As a teenager she started a small business making and selling accessories (legwarmers, bow ties, fingerless gloves… it was the 80s) to classmates. She has designed and made knitwear, handbags and is now making bold, audacious statement jewelry.
During the pandemic, she tried her hand at various artistic mediums and became enthralled with creating digital art via print on demand companies that put art on a selection of things such as clothing and household items.
Sheryl got her start in publishing creating zines in the 1990s. Her non-fiction work includes a year as a columnist at The Toronto Star writing about restaurants, and as the principal writer/editor/publisher of TasteTO, a now-defunct site about Toronto’s food scene. She is the author of three books and the editor of a collection of Canadian food writing. She is currently working on her first mystery novel, set in 1930s Toronto.
She has run a concert production company, an indie record label, an artisan marketplace, and a vintage clothing store. She trained as a chef at George Brown College where she also completed a program in event planning.
Besides making art and accessories, and trying to finish her current book, Sheryl runs the Toronto Dark Arts Market, an artisan marketplace dedicated to the wonderfully weird.
She lives in Toronto with her husband and the world’s only Goth Corgi.