Mirrix Looms is a family-run business based in the United States. They are a mother-daughter team, Claudia and Elena, living in New Hampshire and Seattle respectively. When Claudia founded Mirrix Looms over 20 years ago she lived in Wisconsin where she built a relationship with the social enterprise Sunshine House, which trains and employs people with barriers to the workforce. Mirrix Looms have been manufactured there ever since.
I’ve been working on Mirrix Looms since 2014 when Claudia and Elena welcomed me as a member of their social marketing team, where I blogged in exchange for Mirrix products. They have been a huge support in my art practice over the years, and have proven over and over again that community is paramount in their business practice. I’m so glad to be a part of that community and offering Mirrix Looms here.
Everlea Yarn evolved out of my art practice, at the center of which is community. I've always been curious about the unbeaten path and have longed for a community of peers to invite to celebrate and travel it with me. It wasn't until my late twenties that I found a place to combine my creative instincts with likeminded people in textile art school, and the journey is ongoing. The textile community at large is a generous, energetic and loving one. I'm so honoured to be a part of it.
Pursuing art as a career never seemed viable. Even when I entered into Capilano University's Textile Art Program in 2008 I pursued techniques and modes that I thought could be multiplied and put into the fastest production possible, not necessarily taking note of the techniques that I was personally drawn to. It wasn't until I entered into Concordia University's Fibres and Material Practices program in Montreal that I really sunk into an art practice that felt authentically my own. I delved deep into a slow, personal investigation into printing with natural dyes - techniques I brought with me from Capilano. In 2013 having just graduated from university as well as welcomed our son Sam into the universe, my family and I moved to the New York metropolitan area for my partner's education. It was there that Katie Earle and I, both Fibres graduates of Concordia University, formed Everlea Textiles, an art collective based on the sole notion of supporting each other in our artistic pursuits. We have both evolved into avid tapestry weavers and showcase and sell our work at www.everleatextiles.com
In 2016 my family and I moved back to BC, and in the spring of 2018, in anticipation of my son entering kindergarten in the fall, I developed and launched Everlea Yarn, my own line of yarn - exactly the kind that I want to use: ethically sourced, Canadian spun and naturally dyed. Thank you for following along!
About Janna Maria Vallee
I'm a tapestry weaver, longtime knitter, 2013 graduate of Concordia University's Fibres and Material Practices program, and 2010 graduate of Capilano University's Textile Art program. I have been studying and using natural dye processes in my art practice since 2009. I am happiest when I am creating with my hands and my heart. There is so much good to be made and my purpose is to contribute to that!
My art portfolio: www.jannamaria.com