Fernie & Elk Valley Culture Guide Fernie & Elk Valley Cultural Guide - Winter 18-19 - Page 22

FEATURE ARTIST SANDRA BARRETT Seamlessly fusing ancient and modern techniques, Sandra Barrett and her husband David create intricate and artistic 3-dimensional artwork and functional homewares. The pair work with steel, bronze, and copper using modern welding and plasma cutting equipment and a traditional coke fired hearth at the Fernie Forge in Hosmer, just outside Fernie. The pair moved their family to British Columbia and set up the Fernie Forge through the Provincial Nominee Program, (relocating workers to rural areas) when the 1893 forge they were working out of came to the end of its natural life in England. After 10 years, they purchased the former Salvation Army Hall in Fernie and launched Eye of the Needle Studio & Gallery. The couple’s daughter, Florence, opened a sewing studio on the ground floor of the retail space while the 22 basement galleries were dedicated to showcasing a range of fine artisan crafts from a variety of producers in metal, glass, textiles and wax. After winning a