I started working with wool rovings after a visit to Scotland where I saw a particularly stunning, multi-stranded necklace made of felted beads. After my return to Canada, I set about learning to wet-felt a perfectly round, solid bead. Soon, I was stringing beads together into jewellry, and adding embellishments
I eventually graduated to flat needle-felting, which allowed me to bring into play all of my old embroidery and crewel techniques, as well as single-needle-felted yarn, and glass and metal beads.
Every creation has taught me something new, both technically and aesthetically. I now find myself thinking in terms of much bigger pieces, which will incorporate more detail and other materials.
Like so many others, I was brave and comfortable with my creativity when I was younger, but misplaced that understanding as I became an adult. A diagnosis of cancer re-ignited my passion through a wonderful program called Art as Medicine, offered by the Cross Cancer Institute to patients, health care professionals, and their supporting friends and family. I once was a professional musician, and have re-discovered my love of singing through the vocal music program, but also my love of creating things with my hands. I am very involved now in building a cancer wellness and support facility called Wellspring Edmonton that will supplement our overburdened cancer care system, and where I hope to help others touched by cancer to express their feelings through arts-based programs.