Cindy Lea Hoppe

Available at the Alberta Craft Gallery - Edmonton

Cindy Lea Hoppe (Biggar, SK) was born and raised on a farm west of Saskatoon. She attended the University of Saskatchewan and worked for 3 years on a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree that focused on painting. Interpreting the prairie world for almost 50 years, Cindy now does so with a sewing machine and dyed cloth.

For many of those years, Cindy collaborated art making with her mother, Myrna Harris, a noted felt artist in Saskatchewan. Together they would visit thrift stores, dye their collected materials and support each other artistically. Myrna gifted Cindy with a stubbornness of vision, a trust in one’s own instinct as well as a love of colour and texture. Cindy’s creative process has its own rhythms and surprises which help attain the essence of the simple objects portrayed.

Cindy’s work utilizes material that is hand dyed, machine embroidered and quilted. Much of it is repurposed, recycled fabric from secondhand stores, in conjunction with new material which offer the width of skies or yardage for large projects. For Cindy, fibre absorbs light and captures the qualities of earth and sky. Her hope is to create works through which the viewer can appreciate the unique quality of fibre.