The Halifax Crafters Spring Market is always a true testament to the fruits of winter labour! Nowhere is this more true than with Megan Ingman, who has found energy in the simple pace of winter life in Atlantic Canada. This Crafter finds ways to explore new textile craft, hone existing skills and cultivating creative communities. To have another nurturing, creative talent share their work with us through the Spring Market - what a catch!
What do you make?
I make a lot of different stuff! I can’t help it – there are so many aspects of the textile arts that I am attracted to. Right now, my main focus is dyeing and rug hooking.
How long have you been a crafter?
I have been a crafter forever – it really defines who I am.
What is your background and how did you get started?
I started learning skills (most of my skills are self taught through the adventurous journey of trial and error) when I was a teenager. I started with cross-stitch, then knitting, crochet, sewing, quilting, basket weaving, batik, dyeing, and rug hooking. I’ve also dabbled in weaving and spinning but haven’t felt a strong pull there – yet!
This winter I’ve started exploring doll making in the Waldorf tradition – something I had never tried before, so I figure it is only a matter of time, and each aspect of textile craft will appeal to me in its time.
Why do you do the work you do?
When I was 26, I opened a yarn shop in Toronto called “Lettuce Knit”. That proved to be a great experience to be surrounded with inspiring materials and knowledgeable friends. I learned so much and I enjoyed teaching others on a daily basis. After almost 9 years, I sold the business to move to the East Coast with my husband and three kids. I wanted a quieter life with more room to explore my own craft practice. We’ve now been living in Sackville, NB for a year and a half.
In this time I’ve developed a line of hand dyed yarn called Lichen and Lace and for the last year I’ve been fortunate to work four days a week for Rug Hooking Artist Deanne Fitzpatrick in her Studio/Shop in Amherst, NS.
When you’re not selling at Crafters markets, where can I find your work?
My full line of hand dyed yarn is available at The Electric Street Knitting Room - the knitting shop that is adjacent to The Deanne Fitzpatrick Rug Hooking Studio. Of course, I also have an Etsy shop: Lichen and Lace. I’ve also rented a table at the local Sackville Farmer’s Market a few times, and I plan to do that more this summer.
What makes Halifax Crafters different from other shows?
I am so excited for the Halifax Crafters Spring Market, just to be in that craft show atmosphere – I really love the feeling of being around other people who make things with their hands and I love selling my wares!
What inspires you to create?
Natural materials, colour, beauty, nature, and living with beautiful handmade things – all inspire me to create.
Where do you do your work?
I do all my work at home, most of it in the living room where my rug frame is set up, or in the dining room when I am sewing. I have a special set up for dyeing in the kitchen. I do have a studio room, but I mostly use it for storing my materials – I rarely work up there.
Favorite time of the year?
I am really enjoying the winter this year – I love staying inside and being creatively productive.
What kind of music do you listen to while you work?
I listen to a lot of talk radio when I create. This American Life, Snap Judgement, and The Moth are all favorites. CBC radio is another old faithful.
Favorite way to procrastinate?
One word – Pinterest.