Teachers

Anna Heywood-Jones

Biography: Anna Heywood-Jones is a settler artist and educator based on the traditional, contemporary and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səlilwətaɬ Nations, colonially known as Vancouver, BC. Through her work, Heywood-Jones explores the complex relationship between human and botanical spheres, often articulated through textile materials and processes. Additionally, her artistic practice is dedicated to exploring the slow loss of her father and the recent birth of her son.

Christine Elliott

Before starting work at the local fish shop, I worked 10 years with Comox Valley Transition Society where I was able to enlist my passion for working with stone beads leading many groups of women and children in simple beading activities that promoted calmness, built relationships, and explored how women come together to create and heal.

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.

Heather McLean

I have enjoyed sewing since childhood. In the 1970s I travelled Canada in my 1962 ex-Eaton’s delivery step-van with my sewing machine. I sold at craft fairs and campgrounds across the country, scraping by but free as a bird. Wherever I was when the first snow fell, that was where I stayed for the winter. My projects have involved satin, silk, felt, sheepskins, leather, canvas, wool and cotton. I have made shoes, socks, hats, bags, slippers, furniture and many types of clothing.

Jean Cockburn

Jean Cockburn has been knitting socks for many years. In 2011 she attended the Sock Summit conference in Portland, Oregon, where the motto was “Taking Sock Knitting Almost Too Far”. Jean Cockburn is an experienced embroiderer who has shown her work in art shows at the Denman Summer Gallery and the Vancouver Island Surface Design Association. She is a member of the Denman Craft Shop and her work can be seen there any day of the week. Jean draws, paints, quilts, knits, crochets, sews her own clothes, and does all manner of hand-stitching. And a little gardening when time allows.

Kaia Willow Russell

Kaia is a passionate fibre artist and enjoys creating through needle felting, doll making, sewing, sketching, and painting. She is a life learner, and when she is not busy creating, reading, or playing with her chickens, spends her time exploring and learning about the natural world with her family. Kaia is especially interested in ocean life, and aspires to someday study sustainability, biology, and ecology.

Linda Doerksen

Linda J. Doerksen is a textile enthusiast with a special affinity for techniques of history and the haunts of museums. She is particularly delighted to talk about språng work and medieval narrow-wares. Linda, with other members of House Blue Dog (https://www.facebook.com/House-Blue-Dog-665593776870275), makes textile tools inspired by or copies of tools from ancient times, and uses those tools to turn fibre into functional, wearable art. Contact: 250-703-0494; l.j.doerksen@gmail.com.

Megan Hanna

Bio Megan Hanna divides her time between West Vancouver and Denman Island. She’s been sewing since her early teens and has tackled a wide range of projects including ski wear, her wedding dress, fully-lined drapes and very cool Halloween costumes for her children. Megan started quilting in 2014 and is currently Co-President of the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild.

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.

Pelka Wiltshire

Pelka is a mixed media artist with a curious nature who enjoys working spontaneously experimenting, playing, and repurposing. The notion of making something out of nothing greatly appeals to her! A pile of thread trash or fabric scraps inspires one-of-a-kind creations. Pelka is a current member of the Vancouver Island Surface Design Association and the international Surface Design Association. You can follow Pelka @tornedgesstudio (Instagram) or “Torn Edges Studio and Gallery-Pelka Wiltshire” (Facebook).

Sarah Thornton

Sarah has been knitting for over 20 years and started teaching beginner knitters while working at Wet Coast Wools yarn store in Vancouver. Since March 2020, she's been teaching via Zoom, and she's very happy to be teaching in-person again. She also teaches spinning and introductory weaving. Until recently, her day job was as a university laboratory instructor, giving her many years of experience helping adults learn how to do things with their hands. She has always emphasized the “why” along with the “how.”

Suzanne Cannon

I’m Suzanne and I’m a calligrapher, bookbinder and designer in the craft industry. I began my artistic life as a calligrapher spending many, many hours practicing. With small children in the picture, I lacked time. Bookbinding allowed my creative spirit a much needed outlet as I could glue something together then come back a few hours later and glue up the next step! Books are such a wonderful format in which to express your creativity. You can find me online at www.quietfiredesign.ca and all the usual social media spots!