Introducing…Alyson Brown

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Are you self taught or have attended an art school?
I went to the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design and studied textiles there for three years.
Who or what inspires you?
Nature always inspires me, so does the textile craft in general. I’m also inspired by local artists who are working hard to make a living from their craft. 
How would you describe your style or process?
I love working with natural fibres and playing with different colour combinations. I enjoy the process of blending different fibres and making yarns designed for various purposes based on the different qualities that each natural fibre offers.   
Where may people find more of your work?
At Legacy Lane Fiber Mill (56 Vail Court, Sussex, NB)
What are you currently working on?
Weaving custom shawls for clients and processing lots of yarn. I’m also working on developing knitting patterns for Legacy Lane’s various yarns.
What is your idea of a dream trip?
Jumping on Ali Murphy’s imaginary bus and exploring the world with her. 
What would you like to accomplish in the next three years?
I want to help Legacy Lane grow its retail and wholesale ventres. I’d love to hand over more of the managing of this company and spend more time being creative and working on product development. Book or Movie?

Movies so I can knit at the same time.

Chocolate  or vanilla?

CHOCOLATE!!!

Alyson's weaving 

Getting to know…Kathy Thornhill

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Are you self taught or have attended an art school? 

University and Community college courses, as well as workshops with Courtney Milne and Andre Gallant.

Who or what inspires you? 

The natural world has so many textures and shapes I could spend all my time there.

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How would you describe your style or process? 

I tend to be very literal and linear, so I work hard to add the artistic/abstract element to my natural element.

Where may people find more of your work?

My work can be found at Cedarcrest year round, Carter House, Fullerton’s Corner Market and Moonshine Hollow in Kars during the summer months, at the Kingson Farmers Market from may to November as well as at the Gallery in Long Reach.

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What are you currently working on? 

I recently took up rug hooking, and have hooked several of my photographs.  I have several more in mind.

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What is your idea of a dream trip?  

A photography tour of Ireland.

What would you like to accomplish in the next three years? 

Hook some large pieces based on my favorite photographs.

Book or Movie? 

Movie

Chocolate  or vanilla? 

Chocolate of course!

 

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Introducing… Alison Murphy

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Are you self taught or have attended an art school?
I spent three years at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design studying textiles. Here I took courses in weaving, spinning, dyeing, drawing, colour theory and design. During that time I also did a half day workshop on needle felting, and my work grew from there. Although I never really studied the practice of felting much at school a lot of my design aesthetic, use of colour, and knowledge of fibres was learnt during that time in my life. Since then, it has been a practice of experimentation and organically letting the work teach me as I move forward with my art career.
Who or what inspires you?
I’m definitely inspired by the rural New Brunswick landscape and the animals and people who inhabit it. I’m also fuelled by other artists and spending time with a variety of passionate and creative people.
How would you describe your style or process?
It’s a very organic process for me. I have an idea of what I want to create, but the work takes over once I’m going and it moves and shapes itself. I’m never totally sure what a piece will look like until it’s finished and I can step back from the work.
Where may people find more of your work?
Currently I have work for sale at Handworks Gallery on King Street in Saint John and at Legacy Lane Fiber Mill in Sussex. I also have an online store at www.JoyfulCoyote.etsy.com and I always love being contacted to do commissions. I’m also involved in the upcoming International Back to Back Wool Challenge that will be open to the public at The Barn in Bloomfield on May 24th. This event challenges teams of woolcrafters from around the globe to create a sweater directly from a sheep’s back to a human’s back. Each team consists of a shearer, a sheep and seven handspinners and knitters who follow the same Challenge rules and sweater pattern to knit an adult sweater. The event is timed and money raised goes towards Cancer research. It’s going to be a really fun day and I’ll have my work for sale during this event as well.

What are you currently working on?

I tend to have multiple projects on the go at once, but the most exciting one in my studio right now is a giant horse head about 5 feet tall. I’m hoping to have it finished and on display for Studio Tour.
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What is your idea of a dream trip?
Hmmm, there’s so many…I’d have to say my ideal dream trip involves no time commitments and no financial restraints. I’d travel in a fantastic converted and colourful bus (that obviously has a studio space!) with my family and drive from here out to BC. Then after exploring for a few weeks we’d hop on a plane and fly to Nepal and India and study yoga, felting and meditation…then maybe fly to Peru or Costa Rica and explore the landscape and their dyeing and weaving traditions for a while. My ideal trip would involve no set plans at all…just wake up and see where the day takes us.
What would you like to accomplish in the next three years?
For the last three years I have been consumed with finishing up a business degree. With that over, I’m so happy to have more time in the studio. Over the next three years I want to develop and grow that studio practice and push myself to try new and bigger things.Book or
Movie?
Neither! CBC radio podcasts in the studio while I work!Chocolate  or vanilla?
Hands down, no questions asked CHOCOLATE…any time, anywhere!!!

Welcome Alyson Brown – Legacy Lane Fibre Mill Studio

Legacy Lane Fiber Mill’s Co-Owner, Operator and Production Manager, Alyson Brown, grew up in the tiny community of Markhamville, New Brunswick, just outside of Sussex. She studied textiles at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design where she learnt to knit, weave, spin and dye various animal fibers. These days Alyson is one of Legacy Lane’s key weavers, knitters, makers, and organizers. Alyson is happily married to metal sculptor and welder Jamie Brown, who has created the most fabulous chicken tractor for their brood of heritage breed hens. In her spare time she keeps her fingers busy with knitting needles and her pretty blue guitar. She is often spotted cheering for her three kids in hockey rinks all over New Brunswick while clad in the loveliest handmade items.
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Lopi tri coloured K'n'N balls

New work from Angela Belyea

The pics below are texting gloves the 1st showing them in use and the 2nd displaying the gloves on a hand knit cotton rug The gloves were inspired by a frend who wanted to be able to text but also wanted warm fingers. These are knit from locally milled yarn in a blend of sea cell, bamboo and wool.
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This pic is a meditation/prawyer shawl. It is designed and hand knit by me from a yarn that is a blend of silk, wool and nylon. The inspiration came from the yoga meditation shawls used in Tibet and this shawl has travelled to a couple of drumming circles for blessings.