Hi, my name is Charis Birchall. I’m a textile designer in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
I love clean and simple design, which translates into the patterns I create. My textiles are either block- or screen-printed using water-based, solvent-free inks onto natural fibres. The designs begin as sketches, which become repeat patterns that I either burn onto a silk screen or carve into a rubber block.
I’ve always loved textiles, but the first time I realized I would pursue it seriously was when my first-year drawing teacher at the Alberta College of Art & Design allowed me to sew my assignments instead of draw them. I ended up graduating four years later with my BFA in Fibre.
When I’m not printing, creating designs or dreaming up new things to make, I’m hanging out with my two awesome kids and husband. Oh and I'm Vice President of Contextural, an amazing group of textile artists. We foster a cooperative, creative environment in support of the production of new artistic works. www.charisrose.com
Caroline was born in Hamilton, Ontario and graduated from Sheridan College's Craft and Design Textile Program in 2015. She has traveled out west to Calgary to complete her BFA in Fiber at the Alberta College of Art and Design.
While pursuing her craft education Caroline has been the recipient of two textile residencies at Peters Valley School of Craft in Layton, New Jersey and at Harbourfront Center in Torontro, Ontario.
In the studio Caroline creates hand printed textiles that focus on surface design for interiors and apparel. She celebrates how she sees the world through drawing and then translates these drawings into patterns. Currently her work has been focused on experimenting with natural dyes and pigments through dying and printing techniques. The patterns she creates are hand drawn and screen printed onto natural fabrics.
Caroline’s practice is highly influenced by sustainability, she strives to create products that are friendly for the environment and customer. Through her work she hopes to show the world just how much handmade objects and Canadian design has to offer. You can view her work at www.carolinefordedesigns.com.
Cheryl is a writer, quilter, and mom. She writes and teaches on quilting, craft, creativity, food, and family. And it all comes from her dining room empire in her crowded, colourful house. From this space she wrote Sunday Morning Quilts (co-authored with Amanda Jean Nyberg), A Month of Sundays, and You Inspire Me to Quilt. She teaches quilting around the country and online via Craftsy and Creative Live. A proud first generation Ukrainian, she is committed to not letting the artistry of food and craft from her heritage pass by unnoticed in the modern age. Cheryl is the mother of three kidlets, and awesome wife to her entrepreneur husband. www.cherylarkison.com