The Eye of the Needle Gallery and Studio is a cornucopia of beautiful designs and whismical inspiration.
The studio is at home in the yellow-brick former Salvation Army Church Building on 5th Street in the heart of Historic Downtown, across the street from the Fernie Museum and the Fernie Heritage Library, and just around the corner from the Miner's Walk, where you can see the Studio's metalwork sculptures when the gallery is closed.
On the first floor, the two owners and resident artists operate working studios. Sandra Barrett is a traditional blacksmith and fibre artist specialising in felting techniques. Sandra operates a traditional forge with her husband David in nearby Hosmer. David's family have been blacksmiths since 1893. At the studio, Sandra works as a fibre artist, incorporating felted pieces into her metalwork and creating wearable art.
Their daughter Flo May Barrett is the Leo-award winning costume designer of period biopic Eadweard. She has designed for the stage and screen and also works as a seamstress from the studio.
The first floor also has space for workshops - call to enquire.
On the lower floor is a series of galleries showcasing various artwork around Canada plus cast iron from the UK. Current artists include:
Felting Classes are available on request.