East Coast Wandering No.1 | Cavendish, PEI

 

We are so excited to kick off 2018 with a new monthly series that will showcase some of the most beautiful locations on the East Coast through the eyes of local photographers. The first collection of photos was taken in various locations along the scenic route in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island by photographer Jared Doyle. You can find more of Jared's work here

 
Heather Doyle

MacAusland Woollen Mills

Here at Maude + Montgomery, our love and appreciation for all things East Coast comes through in not only the products we invest in, but also the stories and people behind them that we feel make our story unique.

The air has changed to crisp evenings and we feel there is nothing more comforting and ideal than the gift of a beautiful MacAusland wool blanket. Throughout time, the gift of a hand-woven blanket has been associated with feelings of warmth, respect and kindness from those giving the blanket towards those receiving it.
 

This beautiful work of art will satisfy just about any occasion. From newlyweds, to a newborn baby, the soft, handmade material of these blankets is sure to be a gift that will be cherished. A truly thoughtful gift that will be treasured and kept in their homes for years to come.

MacAusland Woollen Mills are the makers of some of the finest wool blankets and yarn in existence today. It is a name that is synonymous with Prince Edward Island and its rich history of craftsmanship that has been a trademark of the island for so long.

MacAusland’s Mill was founded on Prince Edward Island in 1870 by Archibald MacAusland and five generations later, the mill is run by Archibald’s great-great-great grandson, still using old fashioned machinery to produce a top quality product woven with traditional charm. In fact, it’s the only mill in Atlantic Canada producing quality, 100% pure virgin wool blankets.

The making of the MacAusland blanket is an intricate and skilled craft that begins with only the finest raw virgin wool from throughout the Atlantic region. Because the MacAuslands accept only the best wool, and weave it with the utmost care using traditional methods, their beautiful blankets are much lighter, softer and cuddlier than most wool blankets -- but last a lifetime. Case in point: recently, a customer returned with a woollen blanket purchased before the Second World War to have the edges re-hemmed.

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Heather Doyle

What's their story? Meet Kinfolk Fibre 

 

For our first artist feature here at Maude + Montgomery, we are so excited to introduce you to Holly McGee - the talented and lovely fibre artist behind the brand Kinfolk Fibre. Holly lives in Prince Edward Island, on the east coast of Canada. You can find Holly's work here and here. Her work is also featured in the Relaxation Box. Enjoy! 

 

 

Tell us about what you do. What is your craft?

I am a textile and fibre artist from Prince Edward Island, Canada. I create felted wool sculptures, hand-woven pieces and work primarily with plant based natural dyes. 

When did you know you wanted to work as a fibre artist?

When I first started visiting the weavers guild in my community. I began by learning to wind warps and to thread looms - every step of creating a warp to weave fascinated me. The amount of time, design, patience and creation given to these fibres to create a piece of cloth brought with it a sense of meditation for me. I've started to find more of that feeling in a lot of the practices that I've since learned, and now incorporate in my work as it continues to change and grow. 

 

What is inspiring to you?

I live on a small island that constantly leaves me in awe and with more gratitude than I had arrived with. Whether it's the expansive and infinite call of the ocean or the still and rooted space of the forest - Nature will always be my greatest form of inspiration. 

 

What do you love most about working with textiles?

Producing a tactile object can really entice people to to want to touch or hold a piece - I really love that instinct - I think that touch incorporates more life into the fibre and into my work. 

What projects or endeavours are you excited about right now? What are you working on?

As our island becomes lush and abundant with wildflowers - I've been experimenting more, using them to create local plant dyes for future collaborations with the remarkable founders at Maude + Montgomery. As well, I am in the beginning stages of something I'm incredibly excited to explore more of in the coming months - that I hope to soon share. 

 

What goals do you have for your art in the future?

The greatest goal I've set for myself at the moment is to begin the work towards having a solo gallery installation. In the meantime, I am grateful to live in a space that allows me to continue to learn and to continue to create everyday. 

 

 

Heather Doyle