Meet the Instructors

Leah Wilson: Kootenay Lake, B.C. (Amazing Felted Fibre Arts)


25 years of fine art exhibitions featuring her colorful & energetic acrylic paintings & ink designs. 7 Years of Needle Felting 2D & 3D Fibre Art.

 
“As an artist it is always important to me to create something amazing that others feel captivated by: to experience an emotional connection with the art, to feel something unique & worth sharing.”
“Fibre is a remarkable tactile & gentle medium, it has an ancient & inspiring feeling, our minds and hands naturally take to creating with it.”

Teaching needle felted fibre 2D & 3D Art-


“When I teach, it is all about creating a fun and inspiring learning environment, with lots of hands on instruction & encouragement.
“I love using a technique called the “ah ha!” moment, that often finds participants successful at making something amazing with their own hands.
“Artist Secrets revealed”


For more information & to see pictures of her work visit:
www.amazinggnomes.com & www.artistleahwilson.com

 

Andrea Revoy -  Ceramic Artist and Fibre Junkie

I am a ceramic artist, fibre dyer, spinner and weaver. Whew!

I have been a professional ceramic artist for 7 years and I primarily hand-build with a bit of wheel work thrown in to the mix. I am alway attracted to making whimsical, colourful things full of patterns and textures but could also have a rough edge to them. In my  sculptural work, I like things that tell a story, whether real or imagined, that makes me laugh. I feel that life is too short to be too serious. 

 

Along with being obsessed with clay, I  have become captivated with wool straight from sheep and have found ways of artfully incorporating it into my clay work. After washing and dyeing the fleece, I then spin it into a yarn that conventional knitters have no idea what to do with but wish they did. 

These embellishments of soft wool compliment the hard ceramic, allowing them to coexist in a unique and interesting way.

Squishy, fluffy, and soft,

in a bowl, on your head,

or wrapped around your neck,

Yarn makes life beautiful

 

Carmen Ditzler, Fibre Arts Creator & Teacher
 
Carmen is passionate about all things fibre arts related but in particular with wet felting. She finds the combination of wool, water, soap and hands has infinite possibilities in felt and is continuously fascinating.

Carmen has been making felt for seven years and taken classes from internationally known felt makers such as Lyn Pflugeur, Marjolien Dalinga, Fiona Duthie, Andrea Graham, Marie Friese and Melissa Arnold.

Students refer to her as a funny, engaging, patient and skilled teacher. You can see some of her work at www.carmenditzler.com

 

Lynne Mizera, Mixed Media Artist

Lynne Mizera is a published mixed media artist and paper crafter who has been working in the crafting industry for the past ten years. You can find examples of her work in publications like Creative Scrapbooker Magazine, Scrap ‘n Art Magazine, Digital Crafting Essentials, and Mixed Up Magazine, just to name a few. She is best known for her brightly colored mixed media pieces, her original scrapbooking layouts and her one-of-a-kind cards. Lynne spends her time designing for several stamp companies and sharing her creativity by teaching classes and writing crafting tutorials and product reviews for various publications as well as for her blog: “Lynne’s Art World”. Lynne firmly believes that with the right instruction and encouragement everyone can access their creative side.

Mixed Media Artist Lynne Mizera

 

Cathy Fiedler, Fly Tying Specialist 

Cathy Fiedler has recently retired from her position as outreach coordinator for the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC. During her position at the Kootenay Trout Hatchery she had the opportunity to share her passion of Fishing with many people and especially enjoyed mentoring future youth and Women fly fishing anglers.
She is self-taught in both fly tying and fishing. One thing she realizes is there is always more to learn and takes every opportunity to expand her own knowledge.
Cathy now resides in Creston BC and is excited to explore and fish some of the great lakes and streams that this area has to offer.

Cathy Fiedler Flytying