Angie Blahey has a lifelong interest in stitching, whether it be embroidering, sewing or quilting. As a member of the Winnipeg Embroiderers’ Guild and the Embroiderers Association of Canada, she has enjoyed classes at National Seminars in addition to participating in many workshops locally. She has had the privilege of teaching embroidery to middle years students in two School Divisions.
Cynthia is Cree with Scottish ancestry originally from Norway House, Manitoba, where beadwork and traditional clothing were a part of her family home and community. Her earliest influences came from her parents, great grandmother and the many elderly beadwork artists in her community. Cynthia continues to study and explore the traditional old styles. She now works as a full time beadwork artist and has been sharing her passion with others by teaching beadwork and traditional wears across Manitoba and Phoenix, Arizona. Cynthia has a strong dedication to providing high quality and unique traditional pieces of art. She is grateful and blessed to carry on the tradition of her ancestors. You will find Cynthia in our vendor market this year as Cynthia Boehm Designs.
Janet Carroll is a Winnipeg book artist and arts educator. She has taught bookmaking and paper marbling workshops in Winnipeg and elsewhere for 25 years. She has received a Manitoba Arts Council Grant and served as an Artist in Residence at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. She has led workshops for the Manitoba Craft Council, the University of Manitoba, the Manitoba Calligraphy Guild and SAGE teacher conferences.
Lori, of Home Spun Tools in Matlock, Manitoba, has been knitting socks for 25 years and began darning them as soon as she started making them. She has a few vintage and antique sock-darners and loves the look and feel of them. “It was exciting for me when I got my lathe and could begin making them myself!”
Susie Gourlay is a fibre artist and wool judge from Regina, Saskatchewan. She is a professional craftsperson, handspinner and designer with a focus on natural fibre. Susie is a big supporter of the wool industry striving to promote the value of wool. Her work has been seen on the runway at Sask Fashion Week, in galleries and shops throughout the prairies and in magazines as far away as the UK. Susie is a regular in our market (Knit Natural) and is our wool judge this year.
Tamara Klassen is a textile artist from Southern Manitoba. Learning to sew from her grandmother at a young age, she developed a love for textiles early on. Her work reflects skills learned in her research around the world including countries such as Mexico, Peru, Vietnam and India, where she studies natural dyeing and dye-resist techniques as well as other traditional artisan textile practices. Tamara shares these techniques by teaching workshops around Manitoba and applies them to her own work creating one-of-a-kind art pieces and home goods using natural dyes sourced both locally in Manitoba and from abroad. We are happy to welcome Tamara to our market this year.
Pauline lives in southern Manitoba where she spins and crochets. She learned to crochet at age 8 from her grandmother, starting with making blankets for her toy horses with acrylic yarns. Now she works solely with wools, alpaca and other natural fibres; creating shawls, mittens, hats and sweaters which she sells through her business Pioneer Spirit Crochet. Many pieces are from handspun fibres sourced as close to home as possible, usually within the boundaries of the Pembina Fibreshed.
Jennine Krauchi is a Métis beadwork artist and designer. She creates clothing and does replica work for many organizations, including The Manitoba Museum, Parks Canada, The Canadian Museum of History, The Canadian Museum for Human Rights and other institutions in Scotland, France and the USA. She has also taught quillwork and moccasin/mukluk making in schools and at festivals in Canada and Europe.
Teyana Neufeld is a Canadian weaver and textile artist. She is currently living and working in Morija, Lesotho (southern Africa) as the coordinator of the Morija Arts Centre. Through her work with companies, co-operatives and individuals in Lesotho, Neufeld is working towards making the Art of weaving accessible and pertinent to a new generation of entrepreneurs and craftspeople in Lesotho.
Sarah of Imagined Landscapes lives in Brandon, Manitoba. She is a knitter, designer, podcaster, and board game enthusiast with a passion for travel. And she loves gnomes — a lot.
Joanne is the author of three books, including Knit Green and Fiber Gathering. She’s a long time spinner and knitter, and occasional dyer and weaver. Her fibre arts articles have appeared in Spin-Off, Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits and other fibre arts publications. Joanne has a long time interest in the huge variety of fibres available for spinning. She wants to encourage spinners to explore diversity in their fibre choices. She believes this experimentation and exploration widens our knowledge as spinners. She’s enthusiastic about the history of diversity –from crossbred sheep, fibre plants and rare breed animal conservation.