Joy Garnett

Creating with fibre and fabric has been a passion since I learned to thread a needle at the age of eight. First a seamstress, then a weaver, I now combine those skills with both wet felting and the surface embellishment technique of needle felting.

Blending colour and texture is especially important to me and is a hallmark of my work. I consider my technique to be akin to “painting” with fibre, especially wool.

I am largely self taught, and have taken advantage of many workshop opportunities to enhance my skills over the years. I have lived in several diverse areas of Canada, and have travelled in many other locations here and abroad. From growing up in southern Ontario, to experiencing life in two of Canada's national parks, Wood Buffalo in the Northwest Territories and Waterton Lakes in southern Alberta; then living in Calgary and Victoria many of my visions of colour and texture come to me through the sights I have experienced over a lifetime in various locales.

Now, living on Texada Island, the ever-changing designs and colours in nature around me are of great influence. I combine fabrics and fibres, primarily wool and silk, to create decorative, wearable and functional art with a West Coast flavour.