We enjoy a rural family life here in Canaan, centered on balancing two full-time working parents with child-rearing with our 2 young sons, appreciating the land that we inhabit, growing much of our own meat, fruit, and vegetables, as well as indulging in the spaciousness of creativity. It is a rich life and we earn our rest at the end of a craft show weekend or a day of farming! Wool fiber has been my medium of choice for 13 years, both for leisure time knitting and for professional felt-making. I minored in the studio arts at the University of New Hampshire, and enjoyed advanced training with instructors from around the world at the American Felter’s Flings 2003, 2005, and 2013. My handmade textiles and woolen vessels are made using the traditional wet rolling technique, making our rural setting perfect for taking the drips outside on the porch while we watch the deer and wild turkeys! Since moving to Canaan in 2006, I have incorporated leather into my work, inspired by the tannery in Hartland, Maine. I continue to fashion exquisite handbags to frame my wool textiles. The result is rich in color, organic in texture, durable, and earthy.
I have been weaving all my adult life. I have come to believe that being a weaving is why I am here. I have always seen myself as a designer of functional textiles. I want to make products that people use in their daily lives as body adornment or other functional uses. I have always been interested in the complexities of woven textiles, the interplay of fibers and threads to create patterns, textures, and movement.
47 Wetland Way
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
I grew up in the Philadelphia area in a family of artists. While I appreciated the oil paintings, photographs, sketches, and writings all around me, I was always more comfortable with scissors, needles, thread, yarn, and fabric than with pen or paintbrush. My move to Maine in 1996 was in part due to my dream of having a sheep farm and working with the wool to continue my fiber exploration.
In 2003 I met a local artist, Susan Barrett Merrill, who happens to be a wool guru. Through working with Susan, I learned the ancient art of wet felting along with a bit of dyeing. I now use organic dyes to hand dye Maine Nash Island wool into the colors I see around me in our beautiful rural landscape. I hand felt objects and fiber art in my studio on the coast of Maine, making my work available in fine craft shows and galleries.
38 Riverview Rd.
Pemaquid, ME 04558
Colorful and comfortable designer clothing for women. Includes jackets, vests, pants, and accessories.
47 Wood Run
Lamoine, ME 04605
I make colorful quilts, ladies’ clothing and other sewn items ( purses, placemats, dolls, and doll clothes) from 100% cotton fabrics. I specialize in using Cotton Batiks from India and Indonesia. Some of my pieces also incorporate silks.
Besides using a few traditional quilt patterns most of my designs I draw myself. The majority of my work features wild flowers and fish. They are bright and cheerful and many are embellished with gemstones and beads. I try to use natural finds, if possible.
I was born in Brooklyn, New York, grew up on Long Island and have lived in Maine most of my adult life. I prefer the quiet and peace of living near the ocean.
PO Box 321 Lincoln ME 04457
Ecouture Textile Studio
30 Bagaduce Road Brooksville, ME 04617
Amelia Poole is an artist raised by scientists. She loves all kinds of natural fibers, processes and techniques. Amelia holds an MFA in Woven Textile Design and Construction but has been focusing on eco-printing for the past 6 years. She works from her studio in Brooksville, Maine and teaches and shows her work throughout New England. Amelia is an avid gardner, reader, cook and knitter with lots of help from her lovely assistant, age 7.
233 Merrill Hill Road
Hebron ME 04238