A Country Studio Visit - theHumm July 2019
A Country Studio Visit - theHumm July 2019
By — Susan Berlin
We will have summer by July, and summer means — among other things — studio visits. We’d love to have you come to see us on Saturday, July 20 from 10am to 4pm at the Fibre Work Studio, located at 466 Sugarbush Way in Lanark. (Well, it’s really nearer to Watson’s Corners, but that’s country directions for you. Call 259–5036 if you need help getting here.)
Treat yourself to a drive in the country and a chance to see (and buy) the work of three local craftspeople: Susan Berlin (Fibre Work), Kirsten Gutri (Corvus Wood Creations) and Shannon Ralph (Ensoul Studio). They’ve come together at a working fibre studio to show woven, knitted and handspun items; hand-made tools for weaving, spinning and knitting; and hand-crafted Sterling silver jewellery. (Please do ask questions about the Quebec wheels that will be on display and about the several types of looms in the studio!)
As well, Serendipity Farm is just around the corner — stop in there and you can visit, pet and feed alpacas, including this year’s babies. At their farm store you’ll find amazing natural and hand-dyed fibre and yarn products. And if you go from our sale to Serendipity, Elizabeth will give you a 10% discount on purchases! Just pick up your ticket/directions at the sale.
Susan Berlin has been knitting since she was a child, spinning for thirty years, and weaving for a shorter time. She also teaches hand-spinning and knitting, and will be happy to talk to you about her collection of looms and spinning wheels.
Kirsten Gutri was a professional carpenter for over ten years and has always loved working with wood. After discovering fibre arts she has enjoyed putting her woodworking skills to use making wooden tools and objects related to her new favourite hobby. Bespoke items considered on request.
Shannon Ralph owns Ensoul Studio, a small home-based jewellery business out of Richmond, Ontario. She has been creating her own designs as well as custom Sterling silver jewelry for over 15 years. Unique quality pieces to last a lifetime are her focus.
Elizabeth and Keith Adam run Serendipity Farm, where they raise friendly alpacas and llamas with some of the finest fleeces available. Elizabeth also does stunning dyeing of wool and mohair yarns, locks and fleeces.
By — Paul Joyce
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By Sebastian Weetabix
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The Arresting Art of Fred Fowler - theHumm July 2019
By Sally Hansen
Art… and Soul
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