Darlene Bolahood and Charles Sylge, collectively known as the Wild Haliburton Elephant Weavers are celebrating their tenth year in the production and promotion of their unique one of kind Kid Mohair Throws.
A Unique Team Process Creates Beautiful Hand Woven Pieces
Darlene Bolahood, currently a full time professor in the Visual & Creative Arts Diploma at Haliburton School of the Arts (Fleming College) began weaving in college. After receiving her Masters of Fine Arts Degree and being instrumental in starting the Animation Program at Durham College, she became part of the Haliburton Art Community in 2007 at Fleming College.
Her weaving partner, Charles Sylge has progressed through many life experiences, particularly in the arts and fine woodworking. In 2008, Car introduced Charly to the art of weaving and he's never looked back.
After winning a coveted spot with the Eastern Ontario Group of Artists showing at the One of a Kind Spring Show in 2010, the pair officially teamed up and Wild Haliburton Elephant Weavers (WHEW) became a reality. The demand for their Mohair Throws necessitated Charly to resign his carpenter employment in Haliburton to concentrate full time on weaving.
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Canadian Design & Quality Go International
The experimental processes in painting with dyes and still keeping a balance with the traditional have kept WHEW at the cutting edge of design unique to Mohair Throws.
Today Dar and Charly are selling internationally and their blankets have gained recognition as some of the most beautiful available worldwide.