Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, a first generation Canadian with Finnish and UK heritage, Ashlee was introduced to sewing and needlecrafts by her grandmother. After pursuing a BFA from York University in Toronto, she has been practicing her crafts across multiple disciplines.
Cherise Two, 2014, 9" x 14"
Thriving on the process of both digital pattern creation and the needlework itself, Ashlee appreciates that she can completely envision the finished work before making a single stitch. Primarily working in counted cross-stitch, her pieces also feature Freehand, Blackwork and Hardanger embroidery.
Nina, 2010, 11" x 11"
Collaborating in the theatres and cabarets of Toronto provides an endless source of inspiration for transforming treasured moments into magnificent textiles with remarkable detail. The work invites the viewer to approach, look closer, and participate in reconstructing the subjects into icons and legends.
Lady Katinka, 2019, 18" x 18"