From a little girl, I have enjoyed making things and the sense of accomplishment that comes with creating something.
I was an avid sewer who went on to study fashion design at Ryerson. Having textiles in my mind’s eye for garments but not finding them available led me to want to create textiles. I learned to weave in order to create one-of-kind fabric for clothing.
After graduating, a major life transition for my family resulted in the need for me to change my career plan. These work commitments meant I took a break from my creative pursuits for several years.
When I decided it was time to return to a creative habit and pursue my true interest, I enrolled part-time in a textile program. My passion for textiles evolved from knitting and sewing as a child, was nurtured as a graduate of Ryerson’s Fashion Design program and enriched through Extended Studies – Textiles at the University of the Fraser Valley. Della Terra Designs was launched when I graduated from UFV in 2012.
My love of nature influenced me to work with natural fibres and plant dyes. My hand woven as well as surfaced designed textiles are inspired by what I see in nature and earth elements – bark, rocks, leaves, etc. I am intrigued to recreate the colours and textures from the natural world.
Creating textiles, either by weaving or manipulating fabrics using various surface design techniques is my passion. I choose to work with a sustainable, eco-conscious intent. Studying with other natural dye experts has provided a wide range of techniques that I have adapted to create a unique look for my work.
My current work, exploring zero waste in fashion design, is a natural progression from my move to work with natural fibres, plant dyes and earth pigments using sustainable practices.
My love of textiles and fibre began at my Mother’s side learning how to knit, sew and create doll clothes from the age of five.
Passion for clothes, colour and fabrics, I can’t say there was one inspiration – I just always wanted to create clothing. I was an avid sewer in high school who went on to study fashion design at Ryerson. Having textiles in my mind’s eye for my garments but not finding them available led me to want to create textiles.
Surprise, disbelief. People respond to the colour and process. They are surprised when I tell them how it has been coloured or designed. Compost ferment dyeing, weaving with paper, rust-dyeing and no waste fabric design appear to astound many.
I only create textiles and sample dye techniques in my spare time. I work full-time in donor relations for a university and volunteer my time as a board member for a community services organization as well as a steering committee member for the annual Slow Clothes: The Art of Fashion show.
I enjoy walking in natural settings, reconnecting with nature and taking photos of plants and landscapes to inspire future textile work. I love to travel and learn about the art, textiles, and food from other cultures.
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