I love what I do! In the past few years, I've managed to utilize my quirkiness and passion for meeting people into community-based initiatives. My motto in life is 'sharing is caring'.
There's nothing like crafting 'masterpieces'! As a way of disconnecting from technology, I started making 'things' by either refinishing furniture, sewing creations with my 1950s Singer sewing machine or making gifties for friends and family.
'Upcycling' is the new thang... I started in 2008 when I lived on the Sunshine Coast. Garage sale finds, furniture from the Sechelt dump Share Shed or miscellaneous 'treasures' from the Gibsons Recycling Depot.
Information Services Librarian, Surrey Libraries
Denise coordinated a Winter Crafternoon at Guildford Library to make holiday decorations from upcycled materials. She was an absolute joy to meet! Denise's warm personality and enthusiasm inspired even the most shy participants to create something special. Denise brought a treasure trove of supplies with her, everything from felt, ribbons, googly eyes, sparkles, jewelry, egg cartons, sewing needles, and thread to paint, paintbrushes, glue, and scissors. She brought some fantastic examples of decorations that people could create and took the time to move around the room and help individuals on a personal level. Everyone left with a homemade trinket to add to their holiday decorations and the refrain of "When are you holding the next one?" I look forward to working with Denise on another crafty adventure!
Heidi K. Schiller
Librarian, Readers' Services & Customer Engagement, North Vancouver City Library
I love working with Denise because she is incredibly energetic, creative, always easy going and personable, as well as truly passionate about what she does. Her crafts are fun, accessible and catered to a diverse audience of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. She is a joy!
Cultural Services Officer, North Vancouver Recreation & Culture
Denise has single-handedly teased out the creative spirit in North Shore community members of all ages and artistic persuasions. Whether it's at the popular library Crafternoons, Culture Days events or upcycling workshops, Denise has a special knack for helping people find their own artist within and having tons of fun in the process!