My background includes a diploma in pattern drafting and clothing construction from George Brown. I also have a BDes from OCAD where I majored in industrial design and minored in material art & design. The latter included ceramics, woodworking and weaving.

Other interests that I have explored include leatherwork, painting, ballet, and wishing I could be better at learning how to play my auto-harp.

Leatherwork is my most time-consuming pursuit at the moment and with it I like to practice traditional techniques of hand cutting and saddle stitching. More recently, I have been trying to teach myself the archaic practice of shorthand—for writing quick notes and secret messages!

When I am not working at the workroom, I enjoy taking on freelance creative jobs that include, but are not limited to: building glittery props for the windows of William Ashley, making construction paper cutouts of contemporary artists for online videos, and sewing clothes for tiny puppets.

I dream of taking a class with Carolanne, especially her Honeycomb Smocking class. I think my dream will come true in a couple of weeks! I am going to learn how to sew a beautiful smocked cushion and it will be made out of garment-weight leather.

Since I started working at the workroom, there’s been so much talent and motivation that has walked through the front door. It has been an inspiring experience, so I will try to find some time to get back to machine sewing. I think I will start with a quilt! Or a strapless black velvet dress.


September 17, 2019 — Karyn Valino