In addition to being a Visual Arts teacher and the Head of Arts, I work with fibre on my own time. For many years I have been interested in spinning, knitting, textiles, dyeing, history and all things tactile... This page is meant to feature the fibre-based part of my life. I think that it is really important that my students know that I am involved in my own art-making practice and that I also give back to the fibre community. I also teach/instruct workshops, give talks, create guild programs, take courses, volunteer and experiment with fibre in many ways. Enjoy!
So, what's Mrs. Showalter up to?
A Gallery of recent fibre-based handspun pieces.
Some of my experiments in spinning with paper.
My Continuing Education
Several years ago, I decided that I wanted to learn more about the technical side of spinning (think Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty). The Ontario Handweavers and Spinning (OHS) organization offers a Spinning Certificate Program at Haliburton School of the Arts through Flemming College, a six year/level course. I am happy to say that I completed this course in May, 2014. My next plan is to work on an Indepth Study that will take a few years to complete - I will need to develop a theme (or thesis) to examine, have this theme approved, spin and document my experimentations and then have my work juried by a committee when complete.