Carol Best

Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador

Originally from southern Ontario, I moved to central Labrador in 1985. I grew up in a sewing family that had a retail fabric shop, with lots of materials at easy access and many skilled crafts people who were willing to teach me. I studied commercial fashion design at George Brown College in Toronto, and have taught basic sewing skills in Ontario and Labrador.

I dabble in a lot of crafts, like beaded jewellery and modeling chocolate, but I usually make textile crafts for sale. I love to incorporate colourful cotton fabrics into wall hangings that depict the flora, fauna and life style of Labrador. I try to incorporate ‘joy’ into my pieces… people drumming, the satisfaction of the hunt, serene landscapes.

Most of my work is machine sewn, appliqued or quilted. I use machine embroidery to paint in shadows, textures and movement. Occasionally, I embellish with hand embroidery, or bits and pieces (like beads, buttons or driftwood). I am going to start experimenting with fabric paint in my designs too.

I have sold pieces at the Heritage Craft Shop in North West River, at the Community Farmers Market in the summers, and at the Labrador Traditions Craft Sale in October in Goose Bay. I often donate pieces to fund raisers, and they usually get a high price at those events.