About Sonja

I was born into a family with a deep tradition in textile arts and crafts. My mother immigrated to Brisbane from Denmark and her family instilled in me a love of textiles and design. I was a keen knitter and embroiderer as a child.

 My father's ancestors lived and worked on their own small flax farm in, what is now, Poland. They spun and wove their flax into linen for the Paris fashion market. It is suspected that they immigrated to South Australia in 1845 with the increasing violence and unrest due to the industrialisation of the textile industry in the region. I feel a sense of wonder at the world that has me sat at my loom in our little yarn shop in 2021.

I was a stay at home mum and very much enjoyed being at home to cook, garden and create. My daughter went to Steiner School and I became involved with the craft group there. I was introduced to wool fibre and felting and became particularly interested in traditional lifestyles (growing food, fermenting, slow living) and the ancient crafts of spinning and weaving.

 Creating has always been more than a hobby to me and I have longed to get my art out into the world. When my daughter started school I began studying online and in 2018 I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in sculpture and drawing. My drawings always become more about the paper that supports them.

I work with handmade Japanese papers making sculptural pieces that accentuate fragility and translucency. I have also begun to print my work onto linen for the production of homewares. I enjoy carding wild batts and spinning art yarn. I use these materials to create Saori freestyle weavings on my Saori loom.

I like a quiet and simple life but now my daughter is about to finish school I felt the need to connect with others outside the home. The little shop is my way back out into the world, an opportunity to really focus my energy and share my passion for spinning and weaving with others.

 I have recently completed my yoga and meditation teacher training and this has influenced my approach to my clients and my teaching style. I promote a safe, non-judgmental, process based environment for learning and sharing.