My name is Kalea Turner-Beckman. I'm a knitter, natural dyer, and hand spinner, living on Treaty 6 Territory in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I source breed-specific wools and dye plants from as close to my home as possible, as a way to connect with my local land base.
As a white settler Canadian of Scottish, English, Welsh, and Swedish heritage, I draw heavily on the knitting traditions of my background, gravitating towards Fair-Isle and Scandinavian colour work and cables. I’m fascinated by how we communicate culture and gender identity through clothing and textiles and am inspired by the natural world around me.
After studying Sustainable Development at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, and Communication for Development at Malmö University, Sweden, I returned home to Edmonton and turned to textile production as a concrete way to put my ideas into practice. I create yarns, patterns, and art that tell stories about the kind of world in which I’d like to live. My feminism, queer identity, and background as an environmental activist all show up in my work.
On a never-ending journey to deepen my skills and knowledge, I have recently completed Level 1 of the Master Spinner program at Olds College, and am slowly working away at a master's thesis exploring the intersections of knitted graffiti, feminism, and post-colonialism.