Artist statement
Textures, colors and fibres are fascinating to me. They are highly stimulating to my senses and nourish my imagination endlessly. I find myself lost contemplating how moss looks like a miniature forest, how leaf veins create labyrinths, and how tree ranches draw through the sky. I capture all this imagery and add it to my mental photo library for future reference. I use fragments of those memories to rewrite stories in wool and build new landscapes, infused with feelings and colors that are coming through music. All of life’s experiences interlocked, woven and fused together, hoping people will be called and transported in a voyage of senses and imagery looking into my work of wool.
I’m a 46 years old wool charmer located in Canada.
Of course I have always been a heavy crafter since my childhood. My maternal grand mother was doing all kind of needle work and she was a skilled seamstress with unlimited patience, and endless determination to run large projects. My paternal grand mother owned a sewing business for I few years when I was a child. I think my love for the yarns and textiles starts from there. Babysitters could easily forget I was there if I had a needle and some thread...
When I went to the fashion school in France, we made a trip to a mill where they were making yarns and weaving tweeds. I always had a big love for wool, and heavy fabrics with texture. I became addicted to jackets and coats making, but hunting the perfect fabric was long and disappointing. I started to add yarns, fringes, and embroidery to my sewing projects. But I was not fully happy. When we went back to Canada, I started to included sweater pieces, hand knits and crochet to my clothes, mixed with fabrics. But I was still feeling unsatisfied. Finding the perfect yarns, or fabrics was impossible.
Since my neighbors have a sheep farm, I had this idea to ask them to take the fleeces and try to make yarn, so I could create exactly what I need. My intention was also to weave my fabrics and try some felt. I had no idea at all in which adventure I was diving in...and no experience in hand spinning, felting or weaving whatsoever. So I saved my money and bought my kiwi wheel with my beloved giant bobbin. Then a carder...a loom, dyes, and you know the suite...
After a very successful crowdfunding campaign that allowed me to buy new tools, I started to create content for my patrons on Patreon, by sharing live videos of my daily work, exclusive YouTubes, patterns and tutorials.
I’m now very deep down the rabbit hole of fibre arts, and with my new studio now I could play with my sewing machines, the wheels, the loom, the dyes, and I have total control of what I’m creating, and a lot of fun. There is no words to describes the sentiment of satisfaction when you start from dirty smelly fleeces and end up with a colourful wearable piece of clothing.
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