Orappa Creek Fibre Art
Orappa Creek Fibre Art has been a vendor at the Old Strathcona Farmers' Market for over 10 years. Helen Gladson lives on a small farm northwest of Edmonton where she and her husband raised Angora Goats for 28 years. The goats have provided them with mohair which they have transformed into both yarn and socks. When you knit with our yarn, or wear our socks, you will truly stand out from the crowd.
Helen is a felt artist. Felting may be done using wet or dry methods. In wet felting, soap, water, and much physical exertion is applied to wool. This fuses the fibres together creating material. Dry or needle felting is done with a barbed felting needle. When you watch someone needle felting they look like they're doing acupuncture or voodoo. Helen uses both methods to create three dimensional sculptures and pictures that appear to be painted.
Helen is intrigued by colour, texture and form. When you visit her booth you will feel this for yourself! First, Helen dyes most of her own fibre so her colour palette is infinite. She uses shibori techniques in her dyeing to give patterns to her silks. She loves to put colours together just to see what will happen. Many times even she is surprised!
To explore texture she will incorporate different fibres such as silk material to create ridges and bumps. Exploring form means creating everything from whimsical characters like gnomes and trolls (with individual names and attitude!), to sculptural pieces like vases and felted lamps.
The result? Unique one-of-a-kind art that you can wear, display in your home or simply look at and enjoy!