Laurie Steffler, Feltscapes Design
Salt Spring Island, BC
Laurie Steffler 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 20 years. Her students are grateful for her 30 year 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 the ” first women’s journey for peace to the U.S.S.R.”. She made 21 quilts to give to Russian families from the peace squares gifted by quilters from across Canada.