Madeleine Reay Sweeney was born in Toronto, Canada to a documentary cinematographer father and an academic mother.

Avid art collectors, her childhood home was accented with sculpture, painting, and textiles that her father returned with from around the globe. Photographs, clothing, and jewelry told stories through colour, texture, and design. 

Her formative years were spent with her mother touring art galleries, museums, and theatres in Toronto. A life permeated with art and design, she later moved to Montréal, earning a degree in Painting and Art History.

Madeleine launched her inaugural jewelry collection, Madeleine Reay, in 2015 in Vancouver, where she now lives and works by the sea.