Spotlight on Cindy Canfield from the latest Branson Mill Craft Village Newsletter
Almost everyone who has ever stopped by the Branson Mill Craft Village has met the outgoing Cindy Canfield. Cindy’s personality could be considered her art alone, but it’s when she sits down at this contraption threaded with bright colors that magic really happens.
Cindy found her way to the Branson Mill Craft Village just two years ago after starting an on-line business to sell her handmade items.
“When selling my first item (a blue scarf) to a lady in Colorado, I was torn,” said Cindy. “I love making things but have had a difficult time parting with them, especially to a stranger. I wrote a note stating that selling one of my pieces was like selling one of my children. I become so attached to it. She sent a thank you note with money requesting a second scarf, only pink and added, “Rest assured your adopted children are going to a good home!” After that, I decided anyone who chooses one of my pieces of art, understands.”
To really understand Cindy Canfield and her love of creating we have to go back to where it all began…Cindy began loom weaving in 1978 while studying Art Education at the then School of the Ozarks (now College of the Ozarks). Each student at the school has a job on campus, which allows them to attend the college tuition free. Cindy’s job was weaving items that were then sold to Branson visitors. Cindy’s work space was located above Edwards Mill, a working grist mill.
“I made two coverlets and sold them while working my campus job,” said Cindy. “They took so many hours to make and I got to meet one of the customers. I think that’s what “hooked” me.”
In 2010, Cindy had the opportunity to purchase a loom of her own.
“I have since acquired three more looms, said Cindy. “Now, at Branson Mill, I have come full circle….weaving at the Mill, again.”
Loom weaving may not be the most mainstream art choice, but for Cindy it’s the perfect choice for her.
“I love to create,” said Cindy. “I like all media. While teaching art for 29 years, I exposed my students to several mediums including: paint, pottery, sculpture, fibers, drawing etc. I love making one-of-a-kind items, and especially enjoy when someone finds the perfect hand woven item. I decided I like making usable heirlooms. I love the feel of fibers, colors, textures and all the possibilities when combining them for a utilitarian project”
Cindy hopes each person who stops by the Branson Mill Craft Villages and visits her shop will leave with a better understanding of the weaving process and, of course, that they will meet and chat with the very friendly loom weaver!
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