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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 30 years, spinning for 25 years, and knitting all her life
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Iíve been an artist my whole life. After studying painting at Gordon College in Wenham, Mass and the Burren College of Art in Ireland, I began exploring textiles at a fierce rate wanting to know how to do everything from the very beginning. This has included studying the history of pigments as well. When I went back to school for art education at the University of Southern Maine, I also started to explore natural dyes. Though intimidating for me at first, I quickly found it to be a more sustainable way to achieve color and I have been hooked every since. Iím passionate about color, nature, fiber animals, and how to work with all these gifts within a sustainable context. Iím also so passionate about sharing my experiments and experiences with others in the hopes to encourage and keep a conversation going about all the above.
Linda is a life-long knitter, a beginning weaver, has been spinning for ten years, and is in the last year of the Ontario Handweavers and Spinners (OHS) spinning certificate program. She is a member of Maine Spinnersí Registry, Maine Fiberarts, Ontario Handweavers and Spinners, (she won an HGA award for a handspun half-moon shawl in the juried show at the spring conference), and serves on the board of the Northeast Handspinnersí Association (NHA), most recently as the chair for the 2014 Gathering.
I am handweaving stenciled warp fabric for Puzzle Apparel. I also weave Twig Garden Structures that may be used to provide support for growing plants. Enveloped in green, leafy vines the structures morph into living shelters. Shapes range in size. Circular huts large enough for two chairs offer a quiet spot for a tete a tete. I designed and built a woven tunnel at Coastal Maine Botanical Garden in 2013 over 30 feet long.
Aloisia Pollock has been practicing Reflexology since 1988 and was certified by the American Reflexology Certification Board in 1996. Her office is in Jefferson. Aloisia teaches reflexology at the Downeast School of Massage in Waldoboro and is the current president of the Maine Council of Reflexologists.
Aloisia also works as a knitwear designer and sells her patterns at various venues. She combines her love of knitting, reflexology and yoga at her housekeeping cottages "Sunset Cabins" on Damariscotta Lake where she hosts Knit, Spin and Spa retreats.
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I immigrated to the US from Cuba at the age of 12, by then I had been knitting for four years. That was 52 years ago! Occasionally I have wondered off into weaving and spinning but knitting was always closest to my heart. After retiring from a corporate career I began to teach formally. I say formally because I have taught friends to knit one-on-one most of my life. Those formal classes started in places where Snowbirds gather in the winter: Arizona some winters, Jekyll Island, Ga other winters where I now teach at the Jekyll Island Art Association. Summers brought workshops at, Fiber College, Searsport, ME, and Pleasant Mountain Fiber Arts Workshops in Denmark, ME. I am a certified knitting instructor. Certification by the Craft Yarn Council of America.
Linda Scharf is an artist and has been active in the contemporary hand-spinning movement for over 10 years, teaching spinning and related arts. See more at her site: www.Stoneleafmoon.com
Jan Winsor has a BS in Elementary Education with a minor in art. She worked in an elementary school for 13 years keeping art in the background as a hobby. It was at school that she met members of the Saco Valley Fiber Artists who introduced her to fiber arts. A lifelong animal enthusiast, fiber 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. She now has her own flock of sheep to provide wool for her fiber products and artwork. You can see some of her farm animals and fiber art pieces at www.FourWindsFarmMaine.com
Julie Yarbrough is a lifelong artist with interests in a wide range of mediums. She attended art school a the University of Texas at Arlington majoring in Commercial Graphics. Her interests turned to fine art after spending 11 years in the hectic, high stress commercial art field in Dallas. After moving to Maine Julie found inspiration in the natural beauty and peace that is found in the foothills of the White Mountains she now calls home. Kick the Moon Farm is her home and professional outlet for her passion for creating art. Her studio is located in the quiet town of West Baldwin, Maine.