I have always been happiest when I am creating. I have tried myriad mediums, but there is something about working with fibres that just brings me so much joy that I have found myself returning to it more and more over the last decade.
In 2005 I completed a degree in English Literature as I have always loved stories and at the time I was headed towards teaching Literature one day, but when the opportunity presented itself in 2006, I took a detour into an art program at Capilano College in North Vancouver. I had also always dreamed of going to art school! I completed a diploma in Studio Art, but then, concerned with the state of our world in general and our food system in particular, I chose yet a different path and returned to my roots in the BC interior to became an organic farmer/market gardener.
But I never stopped creating, and felting soon became my favourite art form. There is something so immediate about felting. It doesn't require very many supplies, and it is easy to do anywhere! The textures and colours of the different fibres is also something that never ceases to fill me with wonder. And there is just so much ‘scope for imagination!’ when working with wool (to quote Anne of Green Gables). There really is no end to what one can create with fibres, and to me that is very exciting!
I also love that the wool and other fibres I use are natural. That in itself is magical to me!
I have been teaching workshops and selling felting supplies for a few years now, and I just love the look of wonder and joy I see on the faces of my students when they create something magical. To hear someone exclaim: “I didn’t really think I was creative!” always makes my day!
When our local wool shop shut down I began sourcing my own supplies. It has been quite an adventure and I am still learning, but I love the suppliers I have discovered and I hope you will too!
If you want to read more about where I source my products, please visit my: About Fibres section.
And if you have any questions or want to learn more, don't hesitate to ask! I love talking all things fibre and art (and vegetables and goats too, but that's a different story entirely!)
Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day!