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LaHave Weaving Studio 2020 Instructors


Lesley weaving for the piece, "Titanic Body Bag, First Class"Lesley weaving for the piece, "Titanic Body Bag, First Class"

Lesley Armstrong
Weaver & Teacher
B.F.A. NSCAD, Halifax, NS; Special studies Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science;
M.A. in Art Education, Philadelphia College of Art
Owner Armstrong Textiles, Upper LaHave, NS
Owner LaHave Weaving Studio, Lunenburg, NS

Lesley has been captured by weaving since taking an Intro Weaving course with Sandra Brownlee and has had a passion for all things woven ever since. The art of weaving or building structures from thin strands of
yarn continues to be as challenging and captivating as it was on that first day. Lesley divides her time among artistic endeavours, production weaving, and instructing.




Brooke demonstrating at the Fisheries Museum, Lunenburg.Brooke demonstrating at the Fisheries Museum, Lunenburg.

Brooke Gray
Heritage Interpreter & Fibre Enthusiast
Brooke Gray is a fisherman’s daughter, born and raised on Nova Scotia’s salty South Shore. Brooke has a deep appreciation for nets and lines and the hard work of fishing. Nova Scotia’s fishermen and fisherwomen continue to contribute substantially to the economy of many local communities.
Brooke was lucky as a child to run wild on the rocks and sandy beaches of Lunenburg County. She spent many a day in the sheds by the wharves, listening to the fishermen spin tales while coiling up countless miles of perfectly placed lines (and hooks.) Recently Brooke has discovered a love for fibre arts so has taken up spinning and weaving as well as working as a Heritage Interpreter at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic in Lunenburg. At the Museum she enjoys demonstrating netting and knotting and continues the tradition of spinning tales of the sea.







Sandra in her studio.
Photo by Aaron MacKenzie Fraser.Sandra in her studio. Photo by Aaron MacKenzie Fraser.

Sandra Brownlee

Artist & Teacher

Sandra Brownlee is an artist based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she pursues her ongoing interests in weaving, tactile notebook keeping, and teaching. She has exhibited her work extensively throughout North America in both solo and group exhibitions since the late 1970’s. Exhibitions include: First You Dream: Celebrating 75 Years of the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, a touring exhibition organized by Mount St. Vincent University; Sandra Brownlee: The Word Made Physical, a solo exhibition at the David Kaye Gallery in Toronto; the GGVMA Award exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada; and Innovators and Legends: Generations in Textiles and Fibers organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art.
Sandra Brownlee earned her MFA in Fibers from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has received numerous awards including the 2014 Governor General Visual and Media Arts Saidye Bronfman Award, a Canada Council B Grant, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts.
Throughout her career, Sandra has taught textile and interdisciplinary arts at numerous
universities and art schools in Canada, the United States, and India. She has taught her
Tactile Notebook & the Written Word workshop at many venues, including the UK, Australia, Canada, and the U.S.A.



Doug getting behind his work.Doug getting behind his work.Doug Guildford
Multi-media Artist

B.A. Political Science, Dalhousie University
A self-taught artist, Doug’s practice is rooted in drawing, encompasses printmaking, collection, and the manipulation and fabrication of objects, known most recently for obsessive sculptural crochet projects.

Doug has exhibited largely across Canada in group and solo exhibitions and has benefited over the years from funding from Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Art Council and the Toronto Arts Council as well as winning several awards. Doug’s residencies include St. Michael’s Print Shop in St. John’s Newfoundland, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and the Atlantic Centre for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.



Hiroko Karuno
Artist, Teacher, & Author
Hiroko Karuno is a spinner, nature dyer and weaver. Her textiles are an intricate hybrid of traditional Japanese processes and materials. She spins paper thread from Japanese handmade paper, dyes it with natural dyes and then weaves it into a cloth called
shifu. This is a highly skilled traditional technique that almost died out in the 19th century.

Hiroko has travelled and researched traditional Japanese papermaking, spinning, dyeing and weaving. All of her research is brought together in her current work which incorporates traditional methods of making paper thread, dyeing it with natural dyes and weaving shifu.

In 2013 she published a book “Kigami and Kami-ito, Japanese Handmade Paper and Paper Thread.” She has taken part in exhibitions in North America and Japan. Her two solo shows, “Shifu (cloth woven with handmade paper thread)”, 2010 and “Moro-jifu (both warp and weft paper thread)”, 2016 were held in Nara, Japan.