Scholarship Commitee Chair
After spending 20 years in Edmonton, where I apprenticed as heavy duty mechanic, met my wife Peggy Brackett, and studied philosophy at the University of Alberta, I moved to Victoria in 1997. There I rented a small industrial space and, together with Peggy, started KilnArt Glass Studio. We taught ourselves glass fusing and kiln forming, on the basis of which I became a member of Circle Craft in 2003. In 2007 we moved to Crofton, where KilnArt Glass Studio continues to thrive. In 2015 I started working in metal as well, making steampunk/folk-art sculptures.
In 2002 I joined the Island Artisans Association, serving on its board for several years, and in 2010 I was one of three founding members of the Cowichan Valley Artisans, producing the first year round studio tour in the valley.
I have always been proud to be a member of Circle Craft, and after so may years of selling in the shop and exhibiting at the Christmas Market, I feel it is time to contribute to the Co-op in my turn.
I grew up in Toronto and moved to the West Coast after completing a degree in Geology at the University of Toronto. I had a ten-year career as a computer programmer in the resource fields before going back to school to study Surface Design at Capilano University. The work I do now encompasses two different areas of fibre – handmade boxes of Japanese and Nepalese papers which sell year-round at the Circle Craft store, and a line of one-of-a-kind silk evening bags for exhibition.
My Circle Craft membership dates back to my student days at Cap in the 1980s. Yup – I’m one of the Co-op’s longest-standing members and am finally ready to repay my debt by joining the Board. The Co-op has given me so much over the years – sales and exhibition opportunities, social contacts, acceptance, support, and exposure to the exceptional standard of quality maintained by its members and by which I try to measure my own work. By volunteering to join the Board, I aim to make sure that all of Circle Craft’s members have as positive and enriching an experience as I have had, and to this end, I will be heading the Membership Committee.
After graduating from the Glasgow School of Art in 1987 with both BA Hons and postgraduate degrees in textile design, I set up in business making one of a kind textiles for the home and sold my work in galleries and stores in both the UK and North America. I also created many large public art works for spaces in libraries, mental health clinics and hospitals. Teaching has also been a passion of mine and I’ve been involved with adult education, taken art residencies in schools, run art workshops for kids and adults and I’ve done community art work and mural painting.
I left Scotland in 2002 and travelled around the world with my husband’s job, finally settling in Canada in 2012. That winter I visited the Circle Craft Christmas market and knew immediately that I wanted to be part of it. I have been a member since 2017 and now very happy to be on the board and help promote this fantastic co-op.
I believe Circle Craft is a great platform that elevates craft and gets people talking about the making process. I think the gallery and the market are places where we can educate the audience, showcasing beautiful objects made in BC, made to last and made with passion.