Meet a Few of Our Members

Some of the amazing artists and artisans of the Burr House Guild, who would like to establish and/or maintain a public profile, are listed below alphabetically.

Sample ItemArtist Profile
Elfi Berndl
Elfi Berndl is an Artistic Dabbler who makes decorative art and useful household items. She often uses mixed media incorporating fibres, metal, glass, stone and wood. She is a founding member of the Baba Yaga Artists Collective, active member of the BHS&W Guild and teaches Metal Weaving Workshops. Her work can be viewed at Elfi’s Creations
Valerie Firmin 
Valerie is a long-time member and previously a potter. She grew up doing hand embroidery, and later entranced by the old-fashioned lace and embroidered girls Christening gowns. Valerie continued her journey into machine quilting and knitting. She also weaves and appreciates the value of natural dyes and loves them! “The real value of being a Guild member is seeing others work, having their willingness to teach you too and a supportive and fun environment to learn new skills.
Kathy Lakatos
Kathy started to learn to weave in 2002, after retiring from a 40 year career in IT. After taking a beginners course she was hooked and explored the craft further.  Kathy joined the Burr House Guild in 2012 to meet other weavers and explore new techniques together; and has taken several workshops on more advanced techniques. Kathy is the beginner and technique specific weaving course instructor as well as other workshops. Her work includes attractive and functional pieces.
Eleanor Mayne
Eleanor is a member of the Burr House. She does a variety of fibre art including but not limited to knitting, sewing, and making whimsical quilts displaying animals such as cats & mice in playful moments. Eleanor’s sewing projects also display the same creativity when she makes children clothing with playful fabrics.
Helen O’Sullivan
Helen originally joined the Burr House as a potter.  But over time, she became intrigued by the beautiful textiles being created upstairs.  So she traded in her potter’s wheel for a loom and now she specializes in handwoven, nuno felted and crocheted scarves and shawls. 
Follow her on Facebook or visit her
Etsy shop to discover her latest creations.
Amanda Ring
Amanda is a Mixed Media Artist incorporating found objects, fiber and metal. She is mainly focused on weaving, crochet, sewing and jewellery. Many of her creations are from her own designs resulting in unique one of a kind creations.
Michelle Zikovitz
Michelle has been weaving functional and decorative baskets for over 25 years. Rattan is her preferred material incorporating her hand dyed reed whenever possible. Teaching classes and workshops fosters a true appreciation of the ancient art of basketry!