British Columbia's Salt Spring Island
The Jewel of Canada's West Coast
Design and Create Your Own Gorgeous Garment, Working with Felted Light and Layers With Renowned Artist, Laurie Steffler
June 20 - 27, 2023
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Discover the Magic of Salt Spring Island
Well known throughout Canada as an artist sanctuary, Salt Spring Island is the largest of British Columbia’s Gulf Islands. Referred to by the locals as the “sheep tour,” one can visit over 30 home studios of weavers, potters, sculptors, painters and photographers. Postcard-prefect, much of the island is an unspoiled paradise. Orcas can sometimes be seen cruising the waters around Salt Spring Island and Harbour Seals are always present. Sea lions are occasional visitors and a treat to watch frolic in the waters.
About Our Fiber Art Adventure
With an exquisite island backdrop, we enjoy a three-day workshop with renowned fiber artist, Laurie Steffler. We are so excited to be working with such a creative genius.
With over 30 years of felting experience, this is no ordinary felting class! No matter if you don’t have any felting experience or think you know all there is to know about felting, we assure you this will be a unique experience and you will come away with a rare treasure you can wear.
You can choose to make a vest, shawl or scarf. Laurie will help you to execute your design. We love the unity and camaraderie that develops as everyone in the workshop learns how to create many styles from each other.
Meet Our Fiber Mentor, Laurie Steffler
Laurie is a fibre artist, felt fashion designer and instructor creating Nuno felted artwear in merino wool and silk. Her soulful and
whimsical designs emerge from the womb of creativity that is nurtured by experiencing the peace, beauty, and joy of living in nature on Salt Spring Island. Her felt fashion has been selling at major shows across Canada. Her felt costumes have been showcased on runways and used in productions.
She loves to explore rich depths of colour through fibre colour layering and the multi-layering of dye baths. She started as an oil and watercolour painter having graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1982.
Laurie has been a felt-making instructor for 30 years. Her students
are grateful for her wealth of textile and felting knowledge. She is
able to teach beginners and help advanced students to grow within
the same class. She demonstrates innovative surface design felting
techniques, and shows many tricks to make the felting process easier and faster to do. Laurie enjoys supporting her students’ unique creativity.
Her love of textile art and passion for fibre art began in 1986 when she learned to felt after joining the "first women's journey for peace to the U.S.S.R.” She made twenty-one quilts to give to Russian families from the peace squares gifted by quilters from across Canada.