My name is Cyrus, and I am the owner and founder of Meraki Sphere, a unique and stunning ornament that can change shapes to suit your style. I started this company with a mission, to turn the topic of mental wellness into something tangible, something you can touch, feel, and hold. The ability to manipulate Meraki Sphere from one shape to another, is very much similar to how our thought process may be. Going from one thought to the next, we sometimes find ourselves in a never-ending rollercoaster of emotions. Being able to hold something that moves so smoothly, and be manipulated freely, encourages the realization that we in fact have full control over our thoughts and emotions. Whether it is taking action to adapt to our environment, or seeking assistance, there are endless ways in which we can attend to our mental health. Meraki Sphere is a symbol of mental wellness, and strives towards creating greater awareness, while providing others with the courage to take action for themselves or for others.
How Meraki Sphere Came To Be
Now, a little bit about how Meraki Sphere came to be! I came across this Mandala trinket while travelling across East Asia with my Fiancé. It immediately caught my attention the second I saw it, and impulsively I purchased one. To me, it was the neatest little device I purchased the entire trip. I couldn’t stop playing with it, on the bus, train, and even in the hostels. I even believe it helped reduce my anxiety of travelling from place to place, city to city in foreign lands. Fast forward a year or so, I rediscovered it in my storage of “travel memorabilia”, crushed and no longer functional. I decided that I’ll just get another one, however, there was not a single store in my city that carried anything like it. I decided to try and fix it myself with a bit of self-learning, and before you know it, I had taught myself how to make one from scratch! This is where the idea of Meraki Sphere came to be.
Something so calming and relaxing, that also brings myself passion and joy to make, needed an appropriate name. That led me to the word, Meraki; To leave a piece of yourself (your soul, creativity, or love) in your work. When you love doing something, anything, so much that you put something of yourself into it. It was the perfect name. The topic of Mental Health has always been something I’ve felt lingers in peoples minds, but usually gets swept away by other thoughts. Whether it relates to my own struggles, or the struggles I’ve seen my friends/family go through, it’s truly something that is crucial to address. The shape of the Mandala presented within Meraki Sphere has historically been used in Buddhist practices, relating to meditation and relaxation of the mind. It made perfect sense that Meraki Sphere be a symbol of mental wellness.
About Meraki Sphere
Every Meraki Sphere is handmade, and hand crafted by both myself and my wonderful Fiancé, Jennifer in our own home. Yes, you can imagine the hundreds of meters of wire, and thousands of beads we have laying around. Each Meraki Sphere is constructed of 68 pieces, consisting of Premium Tarnish Resistant Brass Wire, and Stone or Glass beads with different colours, textures, and uses. In addition, we use 100% Canadian Sourced materials in our products, from local Canadian vendors. All our products are eco-friendly, including our packaging. Meraki Sphere can be purchased on our website at www.merakisphere.com, our Etsy shop, www.etsy.com/merakisphere, and inside The Makers Keep retail store in Edmonton, AB.
It has taken us a long way to get to this point, and we could not be more grateful and humbled by everyone’s love and support for getting us this far. We believe in Meraki Sphere so much, that it can change peoples lives, and help those who are struggling with mental health. It is incredibly important to understand that it’s okay to not be okay. If you need someone to talk to, please reach out to Mental Health organizations, including ourselves!
Thank you again, and we can’t wait to continue delivering amazing products to all of our amazing customers!
-Cyrus & Jennifer