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Wendy Van Riesen

Board Chair

Wendy graduated in 2006 from Capilano University’s in the full time Textile Arts Program and the pattern cutting portion of the Costuming for Film and Stage Program.  She has developed a large portfolio of textile dyeing and surface design techniques as well as cutting and drafting pattern development.  She uses these skills to create her line known as Dahlia Drive. Wendy was born on Dahlia Drive in Los Angeles and moved to Calgary in the mid- ‘60’s.

She studied acting at the University of Alberta and the Playhouse Acting School in Vancouver.  After working 26 years on stage and film, culminating in a Jessie Award for Best Actress in 2001, she moved from performing stories to articulating stories through textile arts and hasn’t looked back. 

Diane Zwickel

Co-Chair

A resident of South Surrey, Diane was born and raised in Winnipeg. She spent most of her career working in the retail fashion industry where management training taught her sales and merchandising. Later, management of a multi-million dollar region with an international company gave her the business experience to round out her resume. Diane created zed handmade in 2012 out of her love affair with natural fibers, timeless design and eco-friendly fashion. Every zed scarf and cowl is hand-knit by Diane. Felted vessels are produced through a process known as fulling; the shape is knit and then felted by hand to produce a finished piece. Her original designs reflect her passion for simple style, strong lines and attention to detail.

She joined the Circle Craft Co-operative in 2020, just before Covid shuttered the store. After watching the toll the pandemic has taken on retail businesses, Diane decided to join the board and use her retail knowledge to help wherever she can.

Cameron Dougherty

Originally from California’s central valley, Cameron lives and works in Vancouver BC with his wife and their dog.

Studying and working with glass has allowed Cameron to work in studios up and down the entire west coast of North America. However, the initial spark behind his lifelong journey with glass came over 14 years ago, while he was earning his degree in Business Information Systems at California State University Chico. After graduating he enrolled at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, followed by a 5 year apprenticeship in California.

In 2017 Cameron moved to Vancouver, BC and launched Dougherty Glassworks. He runs his business out of the Terminal City Glass Co-op in East Vancouver, where he was the Studio Manager from 2018-2021.

Along with his own artistic development, Cameron is passionate about the growth and development of the artisan maker community. He enjoys training new students and apprentices and cultivating a love for for craft in others.

Tanya Droege

Born and raised on the western shores of British Columbia, Tanya Droege spent summers exploring the many nooks and crannies of the south coast by boat with her family as she developed a deep and lasting love for the ocean environment and the flora and fauna that is an integral part of this magnificent ecosystem. Her experiences as a young, single mother instilled in her a passion for creating her own inexpensive skin and beauty products, while a brush with thyroid cancer in her early 20’s led to an exploration of the health benefits of seaweed. Eventually these two interests intersected, and in 2015 her seaweed skincare company Sealuxe was born. 

From a humble beginning at small craft markets, Sealuxe has continued to expand and now has a following across North America. Tanya’s passion for learning and experimenting has led to a wide range of products (which is constantly expanding) and her interest in sharing this knowledge has resulted in the writing of her first book, “Seaweed Skincare”.

Tanya lives a stone’s throw from the ocean in the beautiful seaside village of Crescent Beach with her husband David, her daughter Ceara, her son-in-law Dallas, grand-baby Benjamin, and their ocean-loving golden retriever, Tootsie Roll. She and David continue their coastal exploration every summer onboard their boat “Doug”.

Pen-Hsuan Hsing

Pen was born in Taiwan. After completing her Bachelor's degree in Communication Design from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, she returned to Taiwan to work in the design and illustration industry for over 10 years before deciding to shift focus to family.

In 2011 she and her husband Arthur moved back to Canada where the greenery of their surroundings in North Vancouver was astonishingly inspiring.  In 2015 Arthur decided to utilize their garage to build a CNC (Computer Numerated Control) and ArtPen was born.

ArtPen Studio’s main working material is wood. The studio is the perfect outlet to merge Pen's background in art and design, and Arthur's background in engineering.  They assess the uniqueness of the natural wood, often locally salvaged in the Lower Mainland, and then the product is designed digitally. With the incorporation of modern maker technology, they are able to explore innovative ways to instil contemporary aesthetics into functional pieces, such as clocks and toys. All the creations are meticulously finished and natural texture of the wood is beautifully enhanced.

Greg Kawczynski

Greg Kawczynski has been a member of Circle Craft for over 25 years. In 1988 he emigrated to Canada from Poland, where he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, faculty of Sculpture.

He started working in ceramic arts in 2005, for an exhibition with Circle Craft, and presented few dozen of his birds, made in various techniques. Greg’s interest in joining the Board came from a curiosity of what challenges the organization is dealing with and a hope that his experience, as both an Artist and member, will be useful to both membership and staff.

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