Gail is a mother to 7 male alpacas: Carter, Pirelli, Durango, Voodoo, Paxton, Ekelon and Hanley, a farm owner, and fibre artist.
Gail was an Arts and Crafts Instructor with Aurora Parks and Recreation for several years through the 70’s, graduated with a 3 year Material Arts – Weaving and Textiles Diploma from Georgian Collage in 1980.
Gail has always been involved in crafts of some form or other. As a children’s craft instructor, Girl Guide leader, craft presenter at her children’s school she has always had a special interest in the fibre arts. Now she has a farm, Gn’R Alpaca Farm, where she raises alpacas so she can have her own fleece to play and design with. She mostly hand processes the fleece from sheering, picking, washing, carding, felting and or spinning.
In 2013, Gail started to spin, became a member of Alpaca Ontario, The South Simcoe Arts, Notawassaga Spinners and Weavers, and Ontario Federation of Agriculture. She uses her fleece to not only spin her own blends of yarns, but uses the raw fleece to produce felted one of a kind items. She felts, knits, crochets, and weaves with her fibres creating an assortment of products that can be found on the Gn’R Farm website.
Gn’R Alpaca Farm and Fibre Boutique is open for tours, offers demonstrations and workshops. Gail participates in approximately 20 craft sales per year promoting alpaca products and her products are also available at the Textile Museum of Canada’s Gift shop. The farm hosts free Open House’s at the farm 3 or 4 weekends a year, and welcomes community groups, like the Red Hat Ladies, Scouts, Girl Guides, nursery schools, for tours and mini workshops. Gail also hosts various workshops, both at the farm and at local spinning guilds, on going through the year including: introduction to spinning, wet felting, 3D felted vessels and Nuno Scarves .
Gail believes in a ‘whole animal’ approach to fibre arts. She processes the entire fleece from the animals, trying to find a use for it all. The finest is used for her hand spun yarns and felted scarves and the remainder of the fleece is sometimes blended with merino wool and spun, or felted with. All Gn’R products are made from on-farm alpaca or materials that are sourced locally. Everything is handmade with love by Gail or local artisans.
For more information please contact:
GnR Alpaca Farm
8561 Main St.
Lisle, ON L0M 1M0