Lou Harrington grew up watching her mother knit, sew and quilt and learned by osmosis. She took a break from fibre arts when she went to Dalhousie University to study to be a Pharmacist. A few years later she returned to Dal for her second degree – this time in Costume Studies, where she renewed her love with all things fibre. As a community pharmacist, Lou knows a great deal about drugs and is convinced that there is no better anti-depressant than a ball of nice wool and some needles.
Linda enjoys pursuing other interests as well – photography, gardening, music, reading, stitching and blogging, among others! Her miniature quilts can be viewed in a Gallery on the sidebar of her blog, Stitch Lines, at www.linda-hubbard.blogspot.ca. She confesses her favourite spot in the world is her own studio, where she is always accompanied by her Maine Coon cat Oliver (and a stash of dark chocolate).
Linda brings a high level of professionalism and energy to her teaching. Her enthusiasm and love of teaching are evident in her fun-filled classes. She loves meeting new students and passing on her love of quilting, helping each student to improve their skills and accuracy, whether in full size or miniature mode.
Cathia Finkel lives and works in St. John’s, Newfoundland as practising textile and visual artist. She studied the textile program at The Collage of the North Atlantic; Craft, Apparel & Design, from which she graduated in 2010. She also received an Emerging Artist Award from the Royal Bank of Canada following her studies and participated in the One of a Kind Show in Toronto, Ontario. Cathia has taught art to children and adults, workshops, and educational information sessions for portfolio development for students of the textile program. She has taught watercolour, bookmaking, and drawing. Cathia presently has a studio in the newly established Quidi Vidi Village Plantation Incubator for emerging crafts people in St. John’s, where she makes original art cards, wall hangings, table runners, and scarves. Each piece is uniquely embellished with free hand machine embroidery, on hand dyed fabric.
Jan became involved with the quilting arts when her grandmother handed her a needle, and thimble; at the age of 4. Her first projects was to cut, hand stitch and hand quilt a Dresden plate quilt for her doll bed, one block was enough. Today, many years later she applies her skills as a graphic designer/artist to her quilted creations. Always adventuring into different methods and ways to create a picture with fibre. One of Jan’s art quilts can be viewed at Mrs. Pugsley’s Emporium, Victoria St. Amherst, NS. A Sample of the, Brown-eyed Susan, project can also be viewed at the Emporium.
Currently, she enjoys creating beads from paper to use in her jewelry. This is a fun and relaxing hobby. Paper is a great fibre to work with as there are so many wonderful colors and types of paper to choose from. The possibilities are truly endless and the results are beautiful.