Clues, legends, treasure: What I learned about my career from Oak Island
Photography: Brent McCombs l Models: Steph McEwan MUA: Elizabeth Ernst l Hair: Julia Everhair l Fashion Design: Michelle Duncan l Silk/Styling: Dee Wilkie

Photography: Brent McCombs l Models: Steph McEwan MUA: Elizabeth Ernst l Hair: Julia Everhair l Fashion Design: Michelle Duncan l Silk/Styling: Dee Wilkie

It is believed that over 221 years ago, treasure was buried in a small island in Nova Scotia (not too far away from where my husband is originally from actually). Many theories have circulated about who buried the treasure and why, but one thing is for certain: the more I learn about the legends of Oak Island, the more I realize that my life is pretty much parallel to the mysteries of the buried treasure.

THE UNKNOWN
There has been mass debate about whether there is or isn't treasure buried on the island.  Just like there is constant debate (in my mind) about if what I am doing as a small business owner will eventually pay off or not.  There is no guarantee that my hard work; time; and literal blood, sweat, and tears will ever amount to anything more than just a dream.

Photography: Brent McCombs l Model/MUA: Elizabeth Ernst (City Models) l Hair: Julia Everhair l Fashion Design: Anna Mathis l Silk/Styling: Dee Wilkie

Photography: Brent McCombs l Model/MUA: Elizabeth Ernst (City Models) l Hair: Julia Everhair l Fashion Design: Anna Mathis l Silk/Styling: Dee Wilkie

THE MONEY PIT
Millions of dollars has gone into the search of treasure buried on Oak Island.  So far owning my own business and following my dream as an artist has been a constant stream of money going into projects.  A large chunk of my spare income goes into running my business. Like many other businesses in their early stages, there is no guarantee on whether or not the money you are spending is going to make you money down the road, or if you are figuratively throwing it "down a pit". 

Photography: Brent McCombs l Model: Steph McEwan MUA: Elizabeth Ernst l Hair: Julia Everhair l Fashion Design: Michelle Duncan l Silk/Styling: Dee Wilkie

Photography: Brent McCombs l Model: Steph McEwan MUA: Elizabeth Ernst l Hair: Julia Everhair l Fashion Design: Michelle Duncan l Silk/Styling: Dee Wilkie

THE LEGEND
It is said that in order for the treasure to be found, that seven people must die first.  So far, six individuals have lost their lives in the search for the buried treasure on Oak Island.  An artistic career has the same fate.  So many ideas have to die before one sees the light.  
 

Photography: Brent McCombs l Model/MUA: (City Models) l Hair: Julia Everhair  l Silk/Styling: Dee Wilkie

Photography: Brent McCombs l Model/MUA: (City Models) l Hair: Julia Everhair  l Silk/Styling: Dee Wilkie

BOOBY TRAPS & CLUES
There have been multiple "booby traps" and odd occurrences that have popped up on the search of the treasure. Isn't life the same way??  I can't tell you the amount of projects I have worked on that have had unexpected obstacles, set backs, and traps that have gotten in the way.  I have LITERALLY been hand dying a piece of silk and had the wrong colour dye spill into a design it's not supposed to.  However, even when everything seems to be going wrong, sometimes you are sent a clue. 

One of the things that makes some people so absolutely certain that there is treasure on the island are the clues that have been discovered along the way.  One clue in particular is coconut fibres that have been found in the dig.  Coconut fibre is not native to Nova Scotia, so how did it get there?! Thankfully, even though life throws you (countless) booby traps, it also provides you with clues.  Just when I feel like maybe being an entrepreneur or an artist isn't right for me, God sends me a sign, or a clue that I am on the right track.  Clues could come in the form of an affirmation from someone I hugely admire, a piece of silk turning out even better than I planned, or an idea I think that is impossible turning out to be possible.  

Photography: Brent McCombs l Model: Steph McEwan MUA: Elizabeth Ernst l Hair: Julia Everhair l Fashion Design: Anna Mathis & Laura McFarlane l Silk/Styling: Dee Wilkie

Photography: Brent McCombs l Model: Steph McEwan MUA: Elizabeth Ernst l Hair: Julia Everhair l Fashion Design: Anna Mathis & Laura McFarlane l Silk/Styling: Dee Wilkie

Photography: Brent McCombs l Model/MUA: Elizabeth Ernst  (City Models) l Hair: Julia Everhair l Fashion Design: Michelle Duncan l Silk/Styling: Dee Wilkie

Photography: Brent McCombs l Model/MUA: Elizabeth Ernst  (City Models) l Hair: Julia Everhair l Fashion Design: Michelle Duncan l Silk/Styling: Dee Wilkie

I guess in the end it really boils down to a popular image.  Two people digging.  The first person is farther ahead than the second person.  After a while,  just before they strike gold, the first person gives up.  The second, although behind, keeps going.  Life is like that isn't it?  It's all about tenacity and an ability to pick yourself up and keep digging no matter what.  So the next time you want to give up, just think, there could be a treasure at the end of your trials.

D.W.