Kai-Liis teaches creative, imaginative workshops in watercolour and mixed media. She has taught in Ontario, at the Haliburton School of Arts, and in Southampton. She does workshops as far-flung as new Brunswick, Nova Scotia and PEI. She also did a demonstration in the Niagara Frontier Watercolour Society in the U.S.A.
Memberships include the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, the Colour and Form Society, and the Toronto Watercolour Society.
With all four daughters off on their own, Kai-Liis now divides her time between painting, teaching, running her alpaca farm in the Mulmur Hills, north of Toronto, riding her Icelandic horses, and playing with her collie puppy, Spirit – Emily.
To learn more about her Alpacas and Art, visit the website
Farming in Beaver Valley Ontario, our first venture into Shepherding began with 2, three day old lambs that were rejected by their moms. Bottle feeding these little darlings day and night sparked a desire in us to raise many more of these incredible animals. Our foundation flock of Icelandic Sheep came two short years later.
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Dianne Kennedy Cruttenden has been creating woven tapestries and clothing since 1970. She has honed her skills over the decades; often carding, dying and spinning her own yarn. Dianne uses only the highest quality materials in her creations. Her hand dyed yarn achieves a level of vibrancy and saturation that speaks for itself. Dianne has taught her weaving skills over the years throughout North America from the Canadian Arctic to the United States. After spending the last decade working out of her studio “Sheepish Grin”on Manitoulin Island Dianne and her husband Scott recently relocated to the charming little town of Fergus, Ontario. Dianne continues to create wonderful Art to Wear as well as unique tapestries to embellish the home and add vibrancy to any space.
Dianne first studied weaving at Sheridan School of Design in Toronto and apprenticed to Master weaver Robert L Kidd in Michigan during the 1970’s. In February of 2015 Dianne completed an internship with world renowned tapestry artist Maximo Laura.
A lifetime of weaving; Dianne’s work has been shown and collected throughout North America in venues such as: The Detroit Institute of Arts, Nuit Blanche 2013 in Ottawa, The Gore Bay Museum in Gore Bay, The Textile Museum of Canada and for many years at their own galleries The Brick Room Gallery in St. Catharines and The Queen Street Gallery in Niagara on the Lake.
Join members of the Upper Canada Fibreshed for a lively panel discussion where we’ll explore the opportunities for organic farmers to connect with the growing sustainable fashion movement in Canada. For tickets and more information please visit the Guelph Organic Conference Website.