A Canton resident, Noël started her journey into all things fiber as a young girl. “My mom is the root of it all,” she says, noting that her mother was a traditional basket weaver. “I have memories of watching her do that.” Also a crocheter, knitter and sewer, Noël’s mother taught her to crochet when she was around 9. “My family in general is very crafty.”
Noël enjoys the sense of accomplishment that comes from working with fibers, which she experimented with a lot as an undergraduate Sculpture student at RISD. “I like making things in general,” she says. “Fibers are specifically such an awesome connection that brings you back to earth.”
Wool is her favorite fiber to work with. “There is something so grounding about it. I feel like everything is hurry hurry hurry, get to the next thing. I don’t like that but it’s so much of life all the time.” Knitting and other fiber crafts are a way to step back and take time, she says. “It's like raising a child. It can’t be rushed. It’s a process. There’s lots of quiet space that can be had there.” Noël's passion for fibers continued into graduate school at Marywood University where she earned her Masters in Sculpture with a concentration in Fibers.
Noël loves sharing her love of fibers with others. “It’s nice to sit down with people who share a similar interest, who are trying to learn something new or expand their skills.”