I started Sarah Elizabeth Fibre Works the year after my first childwas born. I was driven to create a business that would allow me be creative, to work from home and enjoy every precious (and sometimes exhausting) moment together. In July 2017 we welcomed our second daughter into our fibre filled world.
It all started with a fibre batt I found in a yarn shop in Fredricton, New Brunswick, but lets back up a little to how I found myself there in the first place.
After graduating University I lived for over a year abroad in Italy. I came home to Canada the winter of 2009 it was then that I met my now husband. A few years after we got married we took our honeymoon summer road trip across Canada. That is when I redound and fell in love with everything fibre. From fluffy clouds of unwashed Alpaca to greasy sheep's fleece, carded batts, and hand painted yarns, I was hooked.
My love affair with fibre (from the crimp, to the texture, to the transformation from raw fleece to finished product) has taken me on an extraordinary journey of creation. I love every aspect of my business from searching out of raw fleeces to the spinning of hand carded batts, to large felting & mixed media projects. I have transformed and deepend my artistic practice to include the tactile world of fibre.
Over the last seven years Sarah Elizabeth Fibre Works has grown from a hazy vision to a full time career for myself and part time work for my partner who puts in time as book keeper, production assistant and most recently in supply and equipment sales.
With a focus on consumption with awareness, I take time to source my materials, products and tools. For me this means that people come first and when sourcing I focus on sustainable, zero waste, ethical, fair trade, accessible and traceable productions lines, my aim is to both inspire creators, wearers and admirers as well as to create change through imperfect action. One step, one label, one purchasing decision at a time.
I am proud to be a part of the slow fashion movement, to learn, to implement small changes as I can and grow as both a person and a person with sustainability in mind.
Sarah ~ April 2022