Did you know that there were Hippie Communes in Canada? Some of you may be too young to know about the Hippie Communes of the 60’s and 70’s. But Mary-Ellen can tell us first-hand about her life’s experience since she lived in one for 3 years with her then boyfriend, now husband of 43 years. Her experience took place in Montreal where she was born. She grew up in a typical home and had 4 brothers, she being the only girl. Her love for the Fiber Arts started in her childhood and include sewing, crochet and knitting.
We asked her where her inspirations come from. “My inspiration comes from the need to be creative, a void which needed filling when I retired. Back in the hippie days I started making dolls and knitted animals for a very prestigious store in Montreal. I re-worked the concept upon retirement when someone who had bought a knitted elephant for her son 30+ years ago now wanted one for her granddaughter.Meoneil. My beginning was painfully slow and I considered quitting, but then I discovered the TAG Team (TAGT). I also opened a vintage shop,Latrouvaille and linked them.” She’s been open on Etsy since 2009 and loves it as a hobby.
These are a few of the delightful puppets that can be found in Mary-Ellen's shop.
“From my vintage, I love so many of my Asian treasures. I will pick the knife since it has a great story...” You can read about this item at Antique Knife.
Two of her 4 children once lived in China and Vietnam where she and her husband spend 2 months each year enjoying and learning about the Asian Culture. Those children now live in Frankfurt and Montreal.
She is the mother of 4 and the grandmother of 3. Her husband is retired from Air Canada. Mary-Ellen is a breast cancer survivor (14 years) . In her own words, “ I so strongly believe in life long learning and social equality. Travel is life's best education. I am an avid reader, and gardener. I do yoga and love to cook. C'est toup (that's it - in French).”
Article written by Alisann of Abees Art Studio, and Sew Alisann