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Diane Duncan has created with color and texture since her childhood attempts at needlework under the guidance of her Grandmother.  Her prized possessions during early years included the new watercolor paint box and crayons that were part of the annual issue to each student in her rural school.  She still has some of these paint boxes!

As an elementary school teacher, challenged with providing art and home economics curriculum content for students, she frequently found that her most successful classroom projects came from techniques and topics she researched and tried on her own.  During the years at home with small children she continued to research and experiment but focused primarily on working with fibre in its many forms. Weaving, dyeing fibre, spinning, needlework, quilting and sewing provided an outlet for creative energy while she supervised her children’s playtime and participated in a busy farm business.

In the early 1980’s she added a university program to her already busy schedule and in 1985 graduated with a degree in Canadian Studies (Honors).  Rather than pursue her planned return to the classroom, she became the Coordinator/Curator for a fledgling museum project, the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in Almonte, ON.  She served in this position for several years before moving on to a busy career as a consultant in Community Economic Development and Organizational/Change Management.

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Janet’s Legacy

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Mason Family Saga – Part 2

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Mason Family Saga – part 1

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March 31, 2020 |

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