Who We are
In craft we find relaxation, growth, and connection.
We believe in in-person learning. To receive feedback, to see techniques in person, and to learn alongside others, because learning is social.
Through Craft School YXE, we hope to give local makers the opportunity to share their passion, grow their audience, and support themselves through more than just markets.
Thank you for joining us.
We are Two Makers With a Love for Art, Design, and DIY. In spring 2017, two women moved to Riversdale, Saskatoon. Both had a craft they’d been honing for a few years, and hoped to use this craft to connect to the creative community here. The magic of social media brought them together for coffee, and today they are partners in business, friendship, and the pursuit of creative excellence.
Word Writer \\ Number Cruncher \\ Pinterest Patroller \\ Communication Captain
Emily Hitz grew up on the California coast. In 2007 she left to attend UBC, and stayed in Vancouver until she was pretty much Canadian. She has worked as a classroom teacher, teacher trainer, and instructional designer. In 2015 she returned home briefly, where she had the opportunity to study tapestry weaving with Tricia Goldberg. She and her husband then moved to Saskatoon.
Emily’s weaving practice has allowed her to meet other makers, keep busy during the winter, and foster a sense of self and passion in a city where she sometimes feels far from home. She knew she wanted to teach others the joy of weaving, and thus, Craft School YXE was born.
If she had spare time, she would spend it fixing her century-old home, taking her little old dog on longer walks by the river, making all the weavings she dreams of, or practicing her Spanish. She owns five looms, from travel-sized to piano-sized, but can't bear to part with any of them.
Graphic Maker \\ Picture Taker \\ Web Wizard
Jen was raised in the country a few hours west of Saskatoon. After studying art history at the U of S, her life took her overseas for travel, and then west of the Rockies until she completed her schooling in digital art at TRU in Kamloops, B.C.
In 2015 Jen branched out from her work as a graphic designer and starting exploring print making and surface pattern design. Currently, she is working at honing and expanding her print making skills, and has picked up her artistic education again at the U of S.
In the precious few fertile months of the prairie year, Jen likes to spend her days building a garden and exploring the prairie countryside. Winter will find her (almost) hibernating, but always making art.