Cindy Canfield was born in Farmington, Missouri in 1960. Her dad(a Korean War Veteran) was a carpenter/dairy farmer/factory worker, and her mother was an upholsterer and accomplished seamstress. Growing up on a large farm, Cindy gained an appreciation for nature and animals. She was always creating. Using materials that were cast-aways from her parents she built sculptures from scrap blocks of wood, and decorated fashions for her pet kittens with fabric scraps.
She took as many art classes as possible during high school and attended School of the Ozarks(where she learned the craft of weaving) and earned her BA and lifetime teaching certificate in 1983. In 2007 she earned her MA degree from Lindenwood University.
Cindy taught high school art at: Steelville, Miller, and Strafford, Missouri. She taught art to elementary students at Hollister for the past 20 years with a total of 29 years. Teaching afforded her great travel experiences including Mexico, New York, Chicago, Italy, France, and United Kingdom.
She recently purchased a 40inch loom and began discovering she loved working with fibers. Cindy acquired a second loom (22inches) this past summer. Even though it takes approximately 15 hours to warp a loom for rugs, she enjoys seeing the patterns form and choosing different color combinations, and textures for her creations. What pleases Cindy the most is seeing others enjoy her creations.
She recently battled cancer and says weaving has become a therapeutic tool for her. It’s a family thing for her shop at the Branson Mill. Her husband, John-”the go-to-guy” with the help of her children: Clara SeLeena, age 17, Nellee age 13 and Maclee age 10 have created works of art that compliment her shop. Her mother (Dale Collins) sews stuffed animals, and makes jams, jellies, and salsas from her home-grown tomatoes and fruits and berries.
If you like Cindy Canfield’s work, stop by Branson Mill where you will see her creating!