Author: Sarah Thornton

June 2022 Studio Hours Recap: Rita Kompst and Zoe McDonell on Their Natural Dyeing Collaborations

Member Sarah Thornton recaps our June, 2022, Studio Hours. Rita Kompst and Zoe McDonell told us the story of how they met and came to collaborate on natural dyeing workshops. Rita is a Musqueam cedar weaver and Zoe is a wildlife biologist. Together, they teach classes about natural dyeing, each bringing their own experiences and perspectives. They focus on combining traditional ecological knowledge with Western science’s cataloguing methods to keep all things in balance.

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May 2022 Studio Hours Recap: Leanne Prain and Fiona Ellis on Art, Craft and Activism

Member Sarah Thornton recaps our May, 2022, Studio Hours. Fiona Ellis and author Leanne Prain discussed Leanne’s newest book, “The Creative Instigator’s Handbook,” inspiring a lively conversation about the nature of political and protest art. Members shared a variety of craft-related activism projects they’ve been involved with.

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February 2022 Studio Hours: Caitlin ffrench on Planning a Natural Dye Garden

[For All Readers] Member Sarah Thornton recaps our February, 2022, Studio Hours, which featured special guest Caitlin ffrench. Caitlin spoke about how she came to textile arts and natural dyeing and shared the story of her very urban dye garden, including her favourite dye plants and how to use them. We rounded out the evening with a fun show-and-tell.

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November 2021 Studio Hours Recap: Holli Yeoh On Inclusive Garment Design

Member Sarah Thornton recaps our November Studio Hours, which featured special guest Holli Yeoh, the designer of our upcoming Bespoke cardigan pattern. Holli shared the inspiration behind this size- and gender-inclusive design, and the challenges of making sure it would work for diverse body shapes and sizes. We rounded out the evening with a lively show-and-tell, with many members sharing holiday gift-making plans.

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