IN THE BEGINNING
I established Woven Streams Couture in 1991 to create beautiful clothes for women. I spent the previous 12 years cutting and building costumes in theatres across Canada including The Banff Centre, The Citadel Theatre, Stratford, The National Arts Centre and Theatre New Brunswick to name a few. It was also in 1991 that I had the good fortune to meet master seamstress, Nadia Ignatieva. We have been working together ever since.
Woven Streams has had the privilege of working closely with curators, historians and designers at the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum producing historically accurate costumes that tell the story of Canada.
I am also proud to be a founding board member of the Ottawa International Writers Festival and the current chair of the Board.
A CREATIVE ATMOSPHERE
Our Atelier, located at 163 rue Champlain, occupies the ground floor of a three story red brick century old home in Vieux Hull just two blocks north of the Canadian Museum of History. Rich colours and textures greet you as you enter the boutique, inviting you to touch the wools, soft cashmere and shimmering silks. Try on our clothing, samples of our design and workmanship. Our signature garment is a silk kimono in colourful prints or white for the bride, with matching silk slips or pajama pants. The fitting room is large with two full length mirrors on opposite walls to view yourself from all angles. In this atmosphere of calm richness it is easy to imagine yourself in a new bespoke outfit.