Jen Hiebert is a Vancouver-based artist and educator who has been working in textiles for over twenty years. She studied weaving and textile arts at Place Des Arts in Coquitlam, BC, and graduated from the Textile Arts program at Capilano University. Her work and teaching focus on the relationship between material and process, seeking to expand the expected constraints of the medium, while providing new and different entry points into the processes of learning and making. She has been teaching workshops and classes for different community organizations and private individuals around the Lower Mainland since 1999. She is currently working as a Studio Technician and Continuing Studies Instructor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.
Jan Bautista is a fashion designer continuously working on his menswear brand inspired by bespoke tailoring with a mix of fun and play. Born in the Philippines but based in Vancouver, his inspirations are sometimes also rooted from the distinctive lifestyles he has been exposed to from both places. Most of his designs seek delight and challenge the norm. Currently, he is exploring textile design and innovation in hopes to find a medium between sustainability and beauty in the fashion industry. After graduating from Kwantlen Polytechnic University with a degree in Fashion Design and Technology, some of his works has been featured in magazines like Dark Beauty, Imirage Magazine, and C’est Moi Magazine.
Elisa Medina is a designer, textile artist, and entrepreneur focusing on a mindful and conceptual approach to the ideation, manufacturing, and consumption of clothing. Under the label Nowhere Studio, Medina’s practice looks to incite dialogues between maker, garment, and wearer in pursuit of ethical production methods, an appreciation for handcraft and digital techniques, as well as meaningful human connections through clothing. Medina has a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design and Technology from Kwantlen University. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Vancouver (2013) and Toronto Men’s Fashion Week as a finalist for the Emerging Menswear Designer Award (2015).
Eight enterprising women initiated the Greater Vancouver Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guild in 1935. Today we have one hundred and fifty members. Interesting monthly programs, workshops and special interest study groups are arranged to appeal to beginners as well as more advanced weavers and spinners. The guild sponsors lectures, shows, demonstrations and exhibitions to promote and support weaving and spinning in the greater Vancouver area including Vancouver, West Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, Delta, Richmond, Surrey, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, and other suburbs.
The Purposes of the Greater Vancouver Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guild are as follows:
To promote, encourage and improve the art and craft of weaving and spinning.
To provide an opportunity for the sharing of knowledge, skill and ideas among the guild members.
To emphasize the importance of achieving and maintaining the highest possible standards of excellence in all work.
To collect current literature and other materials relating to the art and craft of weaving, spinning and dyeing and to make these available to all members of the guild.