I am a textile designer with a love of clean and simple designs, something you can see in the patterns I create. I start by sketching a design, then I either burn it onto a silk screen or carve it into a rubber block. I use these motifs to create repeat patterns on natural fibres using water-based, solvent-free inks.
I’ve always loved textiles, but the first time I realized I wanted to pursue it seriously was when my first-year drawing teacher at the Alberta College of Art & Design allowed me to sew my assignments instead of draw them. Four years later, I graduated with a BFA in Fibre.
Now, I combine my skills in textiles with my love of design to create bags, scarves and pillows that I sell through my business, charis rose Handmade Goods and at local art collectives. Also, as Vice President of Contextural, I work with an amazing group of textile artists to foster a cooperative, creative environment aiming to support the production of new artistic works.
When I’m not printing, creating designs or dreaming up new things to make, I’m hanging out with my two awesome kids and equally creative husband. We try to keep creativity alive in our house, whether it’s having dance parties, making castles out of cardboard boxes, or experimenting with recipes in the kitchen.