Maker Faire Calgary 2023

The General Bean

Home: Alberta, Canada

We are a small family business from Calgary Alberta, who reside on Treaty 7 lands. We are passionate about natural fibres, sustainable living, and making sure that artisanal skills are kept alive and passed on to future generations.We share these passions with you thru our handcrafted goods, supplie
The General Bean - Maker Faire Calgary


Jamie Bowen Maker Faire Yearbook Photo

Jamie Bowen

Jamie Lynn Bowen is a Calgary based fibre and textile artist who is also passionate about the environment. She melds these two passions together by focusing on natural and local materials to create her art. Focusing on materials such as wool, cotton and natural dyes that she grows, forages or sources sustainably she creates wearable art as well as fun and functional creations. She began her journey in fibre arts in 2001 where she immersed herself in classes of knitting, spinning and textiles and then in 2013 began needle felting with her partner and started their joint fibre business The General Bean. In the summer of 2021 Jamie began a journey in natural dyes which now brings all of her passions together. Being able to grow and dye her own supplies has deepened her connection to the art forms.
Mike Ault Maker Faire Yearbook Photo

Mike Ault

Mike is a photographer, writer and needle felter. He is the co owner of The General Bean and does all the photography and kit design as well as needle felting.

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