I grew up with a mother who is a fibre fanatic, in a house full of yarn and fleece and looms and spinning wheels. so i was crafting from a very young age, doing everything from sewing, knitting and dyeing to needle point and cross stitch. In 2002, I set off for the mountains of BC and did a three year textile program at the Kootenay School of the Arts, a very small and eclectic, but wonderful school. One of the instructors there turned me on to natural dyeing in a big way, and a fellow student taught me about the wonders of boiled wool, which i now use for my production line of hats.
My craft is my day job – I work for myself full time, mainly with my line of hats which is called ‘Julie Sinden Handmade’. I sell them at the Christmas One of a Kind Show, as well as in a few boutiques and online. While it’s only a winter product, it takes me the better part of each year to make them all!
I love having the chance to meet such a wide range of people who all share at least one common interest at the workroom. It’s so inspiring to see what different results each student gets with the same project.