Teachers

Barb Round CZT

As a Certified Zentangle Teacher, I  truly enjoy teaching this meditative art form, and seeing  students wake up to their own creative possibilities. My students range in age from 6 years to 96, and have included seniors and special needs. The Zentangle process makes it easy for almost anyone to accomplish a beautiful design. Zentangle is a pen-and-paper art, using repetitive strokes and patterns to create works that are pleasing to the eye.

Cynthia Minden

Cynthia Minden has been on a basket making journey since 1987. She continues to explore sculptural form, including mobiles, suspended
and stationary figures as well as installation art. She has taught at numerous venues, for weaving guilds, scholl districts as well as at Hollyhock, the Kootenay School of the Arts and Metchosin International School of the Arts. Her work has been exhibited both locally and internationally.

Dante Ambriel

Dante Ambriel is graduate of UBC, a multi media artist and co-creator and Artist Director of the Stardust Festival, an annual three day festival of original theatre held in July on Denman Island. She is a full member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada. She writes, directs, creates stage sets and acts. This year she starred in a one woman play that she wrote that was presented for five nights in Nanaimo which was chosen for the New Waves Festival.

Eileen Neill

Eileen is a fibre artist living in Parksville, B.C. She learned to sew at the age of seven standing up at her mother’s treadle sewing machine and has been actively involved in fibre arts all her life. She received a Visual Arts degree in 1986 from Brock University. Her work includes screen printing of fabrics, quilting, beading on fabric, art clothing, beaded jewelry, and bead sculptures. She has taught many surface design and fibre arts workshops.

Ionne McCauley

I feel that the traditions of quiltmaking have a place in today’s textile art. The present examples of any art form always have roots in history. Art -in some form or other- has always been a part of my life. Since I was a child, I sketched and painted right along with my sewing -making clothes for myself. Then, during a six-year visit to Australia, I became interested in batik. I designed and made casual batik clothing for sale, learning a lot about dyeing fabric and using colour along the way.

Joyce McLellan

Was born and raised in North Vancouver, with family connected with Tsleil-Waututh nation.
-Transferred to Ontario with her family in 1978 and stayed until 1999 when she returned to retire to Qualicum Bay, B.C.
-While wintering in Texas in 1995 she walked in a room at her resort where ladies were quilting. She was invited to sit and quilt and handed some fabric and some instructions. With a lot of help she managed to produce her first quilt. A new love and a new beginning from the myriad of craft choices she had made up until then.

Megan Hanna

Megan Hanna began sewing in her early teens and has tackled a wide range of projects including; drapes, children’s clothing, amazing Halloween costumes, ski wear and her wedding dress.

Megan began quilting in 2013 and belongs to the Denman Island Quilt Guild and the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild. Megan divides her time between Denman and Vancouver where she enjoys learning to play the ukulele, working out at the gym, running the Seawall and teaching sewing in the Downtown East Side.

Paddy O'Connell

learned to knit at the age of seven and as a result had some very well dressed troll dolls. She has been knitting steadily ever since, mostly her own designs using her own handspun yarn. She is very interested in advanced techniques and skills and continues to study and learn as much as possible. She has taught basic knitting classes through the Denman Island Community School.    Paddy has designed knitting patterns for sale as well as working with local Denman Island yarns and fleece produced by Sandstone Farms.

Sandy Melnyk

Denman Islander for 35 years who loves colour, travel, Maiwa Handprints and most plants and of course my grandchildren! Teaching background with an acute fabric obsession, playing with dyes and learning. All Questions are welcome.

Sarah Thornton

I have been spinning since 2003. I learned to spin on a drop spindle using fibre I carded in the grease, from a teacher in Fairbanks, Alaska. I spun exclusively on spindles for two years before acquiring a wheel and I’ve continued to use both spindles and wheels for my spinning. I’ve been teaching  spindle spinning for the Victoria Handweavers and Spinners Guild since 2016. Until recently, my day job was as a university laboratory instructor, giving me many years of experience teaching adults. 

Sarah Wroot

I am a spinner-who-weaves, with a particular interest in historic and handmade textiles. After more than a decade of spinning yarns for knitting on spindles and wheels, my interest in historic textile techniques led me to weaving. Now my increasing understanding of the value of textiles and the importance of stitching in times and places where cloth was made by hand now inspires me to embellish and repair my own clothing, and to share with others the unexpected pleasures of making old things new again.