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

 

Wendy Franz, Artist

 

As a professional graphic artist Wendy has always had a passion for art and design and now dedicates her life to her artwork. Self-taught, Wendy works in many different mediums including watercolour, acrylics, fluid art, colour pencil and mixed media, Wendy’s creations range from realism to abstract. Her unique style and imagination with the use of vivid colours capture the beauty of the world around us.
"For as long as I can remember I have been passionate about creating, always having a pencil or paintbrush in my hand”
MY WORK
 
ACRYLIC POUR  |  FLUID ART
I started playing around with acrylic pouring and fluid art in the fall of 2017 and fell in love with this medium. By combining the acrylic pour along with my painting style I’m able to create  a mesh of abstract and realism.  The colour combinations and movement within fluid art makes for a unique background for my acrylic paintings. I try to incorporate as much of the original pour into my pieces, showcasing both art forms.
WATERCOLOUR
Watercolour painting is my happy place, my first love. I have been playing around with watercolour most of my adult life, pushing it’s limits with the use of vivid colours and methods to create unique and interesting textures. I love the way the paint flows, with a bit of a mind of it’s own challenging me every step of the way but in the end creating something beautiful.
COLOUR PENCIL  |  PASTEL 
Colour pencil and pastels are a new medium  to me and a bit different from my other  work. I started noticing beautiful pieces by other artists which  inspired me to step out of my comfort zone and give them a try. I’ve been using coloured pencils and pastels for a short time but am starting to feel comfortable with the new art style. Realism comes easy for me through these new tools, which can be easily packed up and taken anywhere making them go to medium.
Wendy Franz | Wendy Franz Art | Fly in the Fibre | Creston BC