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Meet the 2015 Workshop Instructors

Debbie Bergman is the owner of Purple Fleece, a shop located along the mid-coast in Stockton Springs, Maine, that carries equipment and supplies for weavers, spinners, knitters, felters, and dyers. She teaches classes in all the above fiber disciplines. A self-proclaimed fiberholic, she has been weaving for 28 years, spinning for 23 years, and knitting all her life.


Janet Conner is a career educator and fiber artist, having graduated with dual degrees in Art Education and Illustration from Moore College of Art and Design, she spent 30 years as an Elementary art teacher in Maine. Janet is an avid rug hooker who loves ethnic and historical themes in her artwork. Most of her designs are inspired by classic American Folk Art, but recently she has been exploring various topics in International art history. Her classes are always student focused, and richly illustrated with visual sources. In a lighthearted 'party' atmosphere, students achieve incredible visual effects in their hooking while enriching their knowledge of art history. Janet's greatest joy comes in teaching! Her website is: www.jconnerhookedrugs.com


Rachel Bingham Kessler--I've been playing with plant dyes for 7 years & teaching on the subject for 5. Having taught myself from an Earth Hues booklet, I enjoy most discovering the color potential from my back yard and enjoy so much teaching others simple and safe techniques for doing the same all from an ecological and sustainable context. I've also taught at The New England Fiber Arts Retreat for the last 5 years, Squam Artworks, and have been featured on Soulemama.com, Taproot Magazine and Whole Foods Market Magazine all for foraging and dyeing. My day job is all about creating hand spun yarns from Maine wool and plants for my shop at 44 Clovers on Etsy.


Marianne Senechal - Introduced to needlefelting in 1998, Marianne has been exploring the design possibilities ever since. Three-dimensional sculptures are her main focus in needlefelting, especially animals, dragons, and human figures. Marianne has been creating nuno felt since being introduced to the technique in 1996. She makes nuno scarves, wraps, vests, and other women’s clothing and accessories. She also combines wet and needlefelting techniques to create jewelry. She has been teaching felting since 2000, and sells her felt clothing and sculpture under the Arcady Designs and duBois deRoche labels. She lives in Midcoast Maine.


Jan Winsor has a BS in Elementary Education with a minor in art. Jan worked in an elementary school for 13 years keeping art in the background as a hobby. There she met members of the Saco Valley Fiber Artists who introduced her to fiber arts. A lifelong animal enthusiast, fiber arts was a perfect medium. She was able to combine her love of art, teaching and animals all in one endeavor to make it her full time focus.


Julie Yarbrough- Some of Julie Yarbrough's earliest memories are of drawing and sculpting. She comes from an artistic family. She came to fiber arts about 20 years ago when she went to a Peace Fleece presentation, learned wet felting and became an instant addict. Needle felting, wet felting, spinning, painting, silk painting and ceramics fill her life with constant, creative joy. She makes her home in the foothills of the White Mountains. She has a studio space in a town near her home and finds happy fulfillment making art and farming in Southern Maine. She resides with her patient, loving husband of 30+ years, 4 dogs, umpteen chickens and roosters, half a dozen sheep, a couple of grown kids (human, we think) and a cat. Please visit her web site: www.kickthemoonfarm.com.