Biography

Elizabeth Ellis-Bassett was raised in Castle Rock, Colorado and has made Calgary Alberta, her home for the past 30 years.  Ever since she was a little girl, Elizabeth has been known for her flare with colours, textures and styles.  She wasn't one to blend in with the crowd!

She started weaving in October of 2004 after taking a course from the local guild and found it to be one of the loves of her life. (besides the husband, 2 cats and 2 dogs)  

 In her first year of weaving she garnered recognition from her peers with a 1st and 3rd place as a beginner; since Elizabeth continues to collect awards for her work, and is well respected in the world of weaving. A few of her awards are:

2004  Hand weavers, spinners, and dyers guild (provincial conference) Lethbridge

       - 1st and 3rd in the beginners’ category

2005  Hand weavers, spinners, and dyers guild,  Red Deer

       -  Peoples Choice Award (Best of Show)

2005  Calgary Stampede 

        - 1st place with 1st in category

2006  Hand weavers, spinners, and dyers guild, High River

         - Peoples Choice Award (Best of Show)

2006  Calgary Stampede

        - 1st place with 1st in category

2006  Association of Northwest Weaving Guilds.(North America)

        - Most fun, best use of fibers, and Best of Show 

Many others since but most recently in 2011 1st place for the Tree of Life coat incorporating weaving, needle felting, wet felting, embroidery, and beading  This remarkable piece was also featured in Spin, Shuttle, and Dyepot magazine and the Millarville Priddis Fair

Her pieces including the phenomenal peacock cape have also been featured at the Visual Arts Alberta Association Gallery in Edmonton every year since.  Her weaving has also made an impact in Colorado and New Mexico.  

Textures and colors are the foundations for Elizabeth's, one of a kind, creations.

“I tend to combine various fibers to create the look and feel that I desire.  I don’t follow the norm and really don’t do subtle well.”  I need to touch people in one way or another.  Either with my history being a surgical fitter working with burn, lymphedema and post cancer patients, or as a fiber artist.  Having something sumptuous wrapped around you can be soul healing.”   

Awards