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Michelle is an Honours graduate of George Brown College's Creative Fashion program. Following graduation, Michelle spent five years in London, England where she continued her studies at the London College of Fashion and gained a subsidized space on the UK based Ethical Fashion Forum's "Excellence in Ethical Fashion - Leadership and Training" event. In 2013 Vesika Pisces became a founding member of EFF's "Fellowship 500" which recognizes and promotes pioneering innovators within the sustainable fashion sector. Michelle studied Art and Art History at the University of Toronto prior to her decision to pursue a career in fashion. Michelle enjoys drawing, painting, sculpture and photography. Elements of all of these media have wound their way into her designs.
From 2011 to 2014, Michelle was a Citizen volunteer on the City of Mississauga's Heritage Advisory Committee where she helped highlight the need to protect the City's rich Natural Heritage. Michelle worked with local resident and ratepayer groups on a tree bylaw petition taken to City Council, and also presented her photographs of local wildlife, native plants and ancient trees to the City's Environment Advisory Committee, all evidence of a healthy Carolinian/Mixedwood forest ecosystem in the midst of the Greater Toronto Area. Michelle held her first fashion show in 2012, "Butterflies & Flowers, Birds & Trees" where she raised money for the Halton Peel BioDiversity Network in honour of the United Nations "Decade on Biodiversity 2010-2020".
In 2015, Michelle presented her nature photography along with select pieces of the collection at Visual Arts Mississauga's "Art in the Park" event. Michelle also travelled to Oaxaca, Mexico where she worked with Indigenous artisans to create traditional embroidery to be included in the upcoming collection. The collection will also feature prints inspired by endangered species, with a percentage of profits from these items to be donated to various wildlife charities working to address this crucial issue.
Vesika Pisces was featured at Toronto's "Start Up Fashion Week Preview Party" in August 2016, and was recently rated "Good" by the newly launched "Good On You" app, available in Canada, the US, Australia and New Zealand, which rates brands on their impact on people, animals and the planet.