Today we are highlighting Flights of Fibre and owner Janice Charko, another first time vendor at the Manitoba Fibre Festival. Janice lives in Lac du Bonnet in eastern Manitoba. She is a wet felter who experiments with silk fusion and loves to make functional items like scarves, shawls, hats and handbags. Janice describes her pieces as “Wearable Works of Art”
Janice began working in the fibre arts world when she was diagnosed with breast cancer some years ago and began making hats for herself out of fleece fabric with big flowers and funky styles in order to lift her spirits. After treatment was over and life returned to normal she kept on creating pretty things. Fabric flowers led to silk fusion and then wet felting which became her passion. Janice began with handbags but then moved to nuno felted shawls and scarves and now loves creating cloche hats and berets.
When asked what inspires her work Janice says,
“I am all about colour! I struggle to make things that are not purple but when I finally break free of the purple range, any colour will do. I prefer to make something that is both pretty and functional. Downton Abbey and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries drove me mad with all those amazing hats as inspiration! I like to include either a fabric or a felted flower with most of my scarves and shawls unless they have 3D flowers already felted into them. ”
One of Janice’s favourite pieces to create is the stained glass effect felted purse. For this she used rainbow dyed wool that she learned to dye at the 2nd Manitoba Fibre Festival. Stop by the Flights of Fibre table at the festival and see the felted creations of Janice Charko!