Course Instructors of Markham Guild of
Christine Alexiou, A.O.C.A.
Christine is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art in Communication
and Design. Her background includes many years spent working as an Art
Director, Designer and Illustrator in the Educational Publishing field.
This award winning multi-media artisan is currently exploring a
life-long passion for textile and fibre art through art quilts, collage,
fabric manipulation, painting, print-making and creative embroidery.
When she left the publishing industry, a natural outlet for her
background and talents was teaching. Through teaching she feels that she
is able to pass on to her students her love for all forms of visual
Whether she is teaching art classes in drawing and painting or craft
classes in fabric dying and printing, quilting, altered books, collage,
fibre art and more, her philosophy is to always try to bring out the
creative potential in her students. She freely shares her considerable
knowledge with her students and always encourages them to think “outside
the box” in order to develop their creativity.
- Sewing Instructor for Kids / Adults
Diane is a retired High School math teacher. Throughout her childhood Diane learned to paint with oils, do various needlework, sew, do ceramics, and make jewelry from her mother. Her dream was to become an artist and learned a living at it. Diane's mother suggested that she first get a "back up" profession. Diane earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a a Math major from Concordia University (called Loyola at the time). She obtained her bachelor of Arts and her bachelor of Education from York University. In pursuit of her Master in Psychology of Learning, she also attended the University of British Columbia. While Diane had intended to be teaching Arts in High School, a
shortage of Senior Math teachers at the time of hiring saw her place in the mathematics department. Diane continued to be involved in various crafts and while teaching in high school volunteered to design and organized the yearly Prom decoration. She has continued to learn new crafts and loves to design one of a kind jewelry for some of her clientele.
from Alberta, Gayle has been
involved in creating and teaching arts and crafts in Markham for over 25
years, lately specializing in Calligraphy, paper arts and painting in
various media. She has taken numerous university, college and community
courses in a variety of art forms. Gayle is a talented artist in many
medium and part of the Markham Group of Artists showing her work
regularly in the local community. She enjoys teaching at the guild and
helping to keep traditional arts alive.
- Crochet, Knitting, Macramé
- Smocking, Teddy Bears, Silk Ribbon Embroidery Instructor
Mary Mullen was born in Dublin, Ireland and educated by the Loretto Nuns in Dublin. She learned to knit, sew and cook from an early age. Mary sewed for her children until that certain age, when they said No! more hand made clothes. In 1990, Mary wanted to learn traditional hand quilting and took her first quilting classes at the Markham Guild of Village Crafts. Although she loved hand piecing/quilting, the process was too slow for her speedy lifestyle. Mary started machine quilting and loved every minute. She has won many awards for her Quilts at the Guild and has displayed her work at York Heritage, and Region of York Quilt Shows. At the Guild Mary pursues her passion for quilting and is a popular teacher of all levels of quilting, from beginner - Quilting 101 to the advanced level Star Sampler, to Tumbling Blocks and Hollow Cubes. You can contact Mary at
Peggy Kwan began quilting ten years ago and has been an enthusiastic
teacher at the Markham Guild of Village Crafts for the past four years.
After learning the traditional quilting patterns and techniques, Peggy
branched out quickly into designing her own quilts using her own
methods. She loves colour, sees the possibilities of fabric differently,
and brings the influences of her Chinese background into her work. Her
personal favourite is three-dimensional, origami quilting, which she
finds blends her east and west sensibilities in her quilts and wall
hangings. Peggy looks for ideas in magazines, books calendars and
pictures, but it is her interpretation of what she sees that makes her
quilts unique. Quilting and teaching others to discover their art in
quilting, is something she finds relaxing. Students in her classes are
encouraged to be adventurous and to experiment by moving away from the
colours and patterns they would normally select. Peggy can be contacted
through her e-mail
Wai Yu Leung
- Pottery Instructor for Beginner and Advanced
Do you teach a Craft ?
Are you a talented
individual who is interested in teaching? Please contact the Guild for
more information about joining our team. (905) 294-7421.