Monday, October 03, 2011

A Little Bird Told Me Craft Sale - Vendor Profile: Sew Oiseau

Over the weeks leading upto our annual handmade holiday craft sale, "A Little Bird Told Me", on Sat, Dec 10, we are highlighting each one of the participating vendors.  Here is a short interview with Amaryah from Sew Oiseau:

Little City Farm: Describe the products you will have at the Little Bird Sale:

Sew Oiseau: I make clothing and accessories for women and children, as well as woolen goods for the home.  I choose reclaimed materials, predominantly wool because of its comfort, practicality, and natural properties.  Recycled wool sweaters are cut and sewn into comfy kid's slippers, individually pieced skirts and sweaters, soft rugs, and floor cushions.  Select wool pieces are felted for applique work.
Little City Farm: How did you learn this craft/art?

Sew Oiseau: I am mostly self-taught but have been helped along by seamstress friends and relatives and a number of formal courses on weaving, felting, and spinning.  Before Sew Oiseau, I ran a one-woman book binding press, she weaves!, for five years.  I also have a Masters in Adult Education and Community Development and teach specific fibre arts techniques, including needle felting, wet felting, and rag-rug weaving as well as workshops on sewing, recycled crafting, and soft doll-making.

Little City Farm: What inspires your craft/art?

Sew Oiseau: Original fashion; really good thrift store finds; people who get excited about reconstructed clothing; wonderful WOOL!

Little City Farm: Describe how your craft/art is eco-friendly?

Sew Oiseau: My materials are predominately reclaimed.  I try to use the least amount of energy possible; ie line-drying after pre-washing or felting.

Little City Farm: Favourite music to listen to while you craft?

Sew Oiseau: CBC radio podcats esp. "Dispatches".

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