Where did your company name come from?
It was July 17, 2005 and I met my husband to be, Marc Retallack. He gave me his business card. I hadn’t heard him pronounce his last name. Was it Reh – ta – lack, or Ree-tah-lack, or what? Happily, he told me before I ruined the pronunciation. He said the kids at the school where his Dad was Vice Principal would call him “Retallica” like the rock band “Metallica”, and for a little while this was the only way I could remember the way to say it.
I started doing metal work and thought if I substituted an M in place of the R it would be a fun to combine my last name and give a hint to the basis for my jewellery. Thus Metallack was born. I also expected that it would make my last name so much easier for people to pronounce. This is not so. In fact, it has made my jewellery company harder to pronounce. Metal-ack, sounding like a horrible congestive sneeze is what most people come up with. That’s what I get for trying to be funny…
What inspires you?
It can be anything. If I sit down and decide to design something, I usually come up blank. But if I’m feeding the baby, listening to the dog bark to come in and trying to reach for my water glass, stuff usually pops up. Mostly, I create for the experience of the process I go through to make something and for the beauty in the finished piece.
Who inspires you?
My family and friends are great sources of inspiration. I am very lucky to have my life intertwined with so many amazing people. I was married in 2005 and the feeling of being in love and making that deep of a commitment to my fabulous husband is a huge inspiration. It's quite powerful knowing that no matter what I do, I have my biggest fan by my side always.
I have two tiny inspirations: André, four, and Lucie, who is one. During long feedings, I’ve had so much inspiration I’ve taken to keeping a sketch book beside my “nursing area” for the mass of ideas that come up. Now if I just had time to make some of them…
Karen Scarlett, owner of Pretty Twisted, is a great inspiration. She has taught me about letting go and allowing some freedom in my designs. Karen is an incredibly strong and vibrant person and such a fantastic influence for me. 
I worked with Kari Woo for a short time before I moved to Castor. You have to check out her work! I love it because I really believe that she is doing what she loves. I’ve learned to focus on making pieces that I enjoy crafting because of her.
Dee Fontans, the first person I learned jewellery from, has been a great motivator for me. I enjoy her work so much and it has helped me broaden my horizons. She has abandoned some traditional designs (rings for example) and used unconventional materials. She also taught me that I am anything I decide to be. That is a valuable lesson.
I met Mary A. Spytz when the planets aligned one day in the fall of 2007. We'd gone to a fall art/craft sale in HInton and I was scoping it out to see if it would be worthwhile to participate in the next fall. Mary is a scientist and developed a technique to make 3d snowflakes. There isn't much crafty or artsy that I can't figure out how to replicate in some way (awkward or otherwise), but her creations simply amazed me. I think I will remember that feeling of awe I felt when I first saw her snowflakes forever. I am still amazed. It was such a lucky meeting! Mary moved 2 weeks later, but we became friends and collaborators and she is a constant source of inspiration for me! You have to check out her work! www.makingmeaning.com
Where are you going to go with your metal work?
These days, I just want to find some time to make something. Anything. Even a simple twist o’ wire earring would make me feel grand! Funny how things change when you are the Mommy. I used to want to get into film making costume accessories. My last “where are going” answer was that I wanted to get visible in boutiques and galleries. Well, these are still goals, but for now, I have to regroup and learn how to juggle my new job of Mom and my old job of Jewellery Girl. It does get easier, right?:)
It's vital to remember who you really are. It's very important. It isn't a good idea to rely on other people or things to do it for you, you see. They always get it wrong. - Rincewind in Sourcery by Terry Pratchett