Arlene and Suzy have been very lucky! The Fiberygoodness team has expanded, with the addition of Evanita Montalvo, and Claire des Bruyere! We love having these two on board and honestly can’t believe our luck to have found them 🙂 Evanita comes to us as Helpdesk and Support for everything website oriented, but we are so excited about this because she is also an incredible spinner AND she takes beautiful photographs of her work! Claire is our dedicated contact person for French language students, there to answer questions and offer support in French, helping us on the road to one of our dreams of offering global learning and connections to spinners everywhere.
We thought you might like to learn more about these wonderful fiberista’s. 🙂
I grew up with a love for nature and the arts. I spent a lot of time wandering around the fields looking for whatever little critters I could find especially bugs and frogs. Over time I picked up photography to capture the beauty of nature and ended up studying Photography and Art History in university specializing in nature and wildlife photography.
While in college my BFF talked me into joining her knitting group at her college. At the time I didn’t have the slightest clue how to knit but she said we could just sit and chat and if I was up to it she’d teach me how to knit. I picked it up quickly and not too long after that she got into spinning. Of course I followed her into that rabbit hole only a year after learning how to knit. Shortly after she sold me her first wheel a Wee Peggy to become my first wheel so she could buy a newer one. I still have that wheel and cherish it as a way to remember the wonderful gift of creativity with fiber she gave me.
Over the past few years I’ve taken to documenting my progress with my projects through photography using what I learned in university. By combining my love for Photography and Fiber Arts I’ve been able to capture photos of my projects that I consider art within themselves. I love the way it allows me to capture moments in time such as when I’m spinning on my Turkish Spindles as sometimes I wish I could just let them sit like they are forever, but of course if I let that happen I’d never get anything done!
Aside from my artsy side I also love to help people and troubleshoot problems. I helped maintain the Help Desk for DeviantArt for almost 10 years and being able to help and get to know artists from all over the globe is something that put a smile on my face every day. I’m looking forward to being able to help everyone here.
Claire Des Bruyeres
I am Claire, and I live in France in Brittany, next to the Atlantic Ocean. My fiber story began in 2007 with reenactment : I learned to weave and it changed my life. I never considered myself as a creative or an artist before that day… But once I touched yarn and threads, it opened the doors of a new world and a love story with all things fiber. Then I wanted to create my own yarns for my weavings of course… so I bought my first spinning wheel ! After spinning, I taught myself to card, blend and dye my fibers. Then I had an opportunity to join a shared studio and gallery with other artists last year, where I teach and share the fiber arts 🙂
The Fiberygoodness ecourses have taken my spinning and creative skills to a new level and bring me so much joy : not only with new techniques, but also with community, inspiration… I wish to share this experience with more french-speaking spinners, so I am here to help and weave the web between you and FiberyGoodness !
Je m’appelle Claire et j’habite en France, en Bretagne au bord de l’océan Atlantique. Mon histoire avec les fibres a commencé en 2007 avec une compagnie de reconstitution historique : j’ai appris à tisser et cela a changé ma vie. Je ne m’étais jamais considérée comme une artiste ou une créative avant ce jour… mais une fois que j’ai touché des fils, cela m’a ouvert de nouvelles perspectives et ma passion pour les fibres a commencé. Ensuite j’ai voulu apprendre à créer mes propres fils pour mes tissages bien sûr… J’ai donc acheté mon premier rouet ! Et après le filage, j’ai appris à carder, mélanger et teindre mes fibres. J’ai eu l’année dernière l’opportunité de rejoindre des ateliers et une galerie partagés entre artistes et artisans, et j’y enseigne et partage les arts du fils. Les cours de FiberyGoodness m’ont vraiment fait beaucoup évoluer et progresser dans le domaine du filage et de la créativité, et m’ont beaucoup apporté : pas seulement des techniques, mais aussi une communauté, de l’inspiration… J’ai maintenant à coeur de partager cette expérience avec plus de fileuses francophones, et de tisser le lien entre elles et FiberyGoodness !