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Cabin Boy Knits

Cabin Boy Knits Upper Canada Fibreshed

 

Christopher Walker is a Fibre Artist, Knitwear Designer, and founder of the label CabinBoyKnits.

Outside of the corporate world Christopher splits his time between Toronto and his log cabin in the arboreous Oak Hills of Stirling, Ontario. His unconventional work is influenced by the environment around him, whether it be from the rugged Canadian landscape, to the vivid colours and graphic designs in Toronto’s tattoo parlors…more

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Bree Zorel – Fibre Artist

Bree Zorel Fibre Artist Upper Canada Fibreshed

Share with us a bit of your story. How did you get started in your art form?
I went to art school at ACAD and NSCAD for drawing and loved every minute of it. I
had learned knitting and sewing skills as a child, but it wasn’t until I got out of school
and found it difficult to maintain a messy drawing practice that I got seriously into textile
arts. These art forms are more portable and less messy than large scale ink drawings…more


The Common Good

The Common Good Upper Canada Fibreshed

On the corner of the Cockshutt Road and the 11th Concession just outside of Waterford in Norfold County, The Common Good is part slow fashion marketplace and fibre arts creative space, part social enterprise tea-room and part faith-based farm community.

Conceived of and built by Rita Stratford, The Common Good combines “farm, fellowship and faith”. Inside the large creative space within the barn-like house, complete with gorgeous wrap-around porch, women are encouraged to explore the fibre arts by learning from one another and participating in classes that range from natural dyeing to weaving.

The Common Good Upper Canada Fibreshed

The space also houses a cooperatively run tea-room and a local-based marketplace that focuses on promoting slow-fashion and slow-craft.

Rita, an advocate for the “slow goods” movement, seeks to encourage a cultural shift towards slowing down and being responsible with our collective resources, supporting our local economy, creating community through trust and relationships, nurturing our creative souls and connecting with the makers of our goods.

The Common Good Upper Canada Fibreshed

In keeping with this philosophy, Rita raises a small flock of sheep on The Common Good farm.  Cotswold, Gotland and Polworth sheep produce her range of raw fleeces, yarns, rovings and batts.

The Common Good is not your average local yarn store, local marketplace or fibre farm. While it may always defy definition as it continues to grow as a self-sustaining and living entity, it certainly offers a space where the fibre arts are seen as an opportunity to recharge the soul and seek a spiritual journey.

In Rita’s words, “The Common Good may be hard to define but it is simple to experience”.

 

 

The Common Good

946 Concession 11 Townsend Road in Waterford, ON

tcgshepherd@icloud.com |  519-428-8894

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Producer Profile – Upper Canada Mercantile

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Recently I was asked by an artist what the landscape means to me. A simple question, but it strikes at the heart of the Upper Canada Mercantile and why I decided to work with the natural resources available in our Fibreshed. The landscape plays such a major role in the psyche of Canadians. But to me, and I’m sure many others, the meaning of landscape goes beyond imagining A.Y. Jackson Jack Pines and lakes. I default to the french concept of terroir, which translates to mean the soil, climate and culture of the people shape the flavour of the wine. So too does the soil, climate and culture of the people I work with dictate the colours and designs of the blankets. To me they are inextricably linked, the landscape or bioregion that supports us and males the blankets possible.

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Partnership Profiles: Peggy Sue Deaven-Smiltnieks

 Our Fibreshed community is growing! We are so pleased to announce our support for and partnership with a very talented designer working to foster deep connections within the farm-to-fashion movement.  Peggy Sue Deaven-Smiltnicks will be working with the Upper Canada Fibreshed to source material and dyes for her upcoming Fall / Winter collection. Below is a Q&A with Peggy Sue about her perspective on incorporating local fibre and dye into her work.
You can also visit her website to learn more: Peggy-Sue Collection 
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