Meet the New Team

Introducing Your National Team

The Canadian Crafts Federation team is growing! A warm welcome to Digital Content Developer, Lauren Polchies, and Craft Content Developer, Heather Steinhagen. Lauren and Heather are excited to work alongside Director Maegen Black and Project Coordinator Victoria Hutt who have a cumulative 30 years of experience in the craft sector. Together the CCF/FCMA team will continue to build connections among the national craft network, strengthen and empower the craft sector and raise the profile of Canadian contemporary fine craft nationally and internationally. Get to know your national team members today.

 

Maegen Black

Director (maegen@canadiancraftsfederation.ca)

With over 15 years experience in contemporary fine craft, Maegen leads the CCF/FCMA by uniting professional craft organisations across the country to tackle collaborative projects, increase networking, and by advocating for craft and culture at the provincial, territorial and federal level. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design University’s Material Art and Design program, she is a writer, curator and collector of craft who periodically teaches and lectures at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design.

 

Victoria Hutt

Project Coordinator (projects@canadiancraftsfederation.ca)

Victoria is engaged in community development, program design and delivery, and not-for-profit management in the arts and culture sector with 15 years of experience. Previously Executive Director & Curator of the Andrew & Laura McCain Art Gallery, Victoria sits on the ArtsNB Board and is an active community volunteer in food security and wellness initiatives in her hometown of Florenceville-Bristol, New Brunswick. Victoria is a NSCAD Design graduate, mother of four, and practising artist.

 

Lauren Polchies

Digital Content Developer (design@canadiancraftsfederation.ca)

Lauren Polchies is an Indigenous graphic designer from New Brunswick. She attended the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design where she took Aboriginal Visual Arts and then graduated from their Graphic Design program. Lauren works as a freelance designer and now is working with the Canadian Crafts Federation as their Digital Content Developer.

 

Heather Steinhagen

Craft Content Developer (content@canadiancraftsfederation.ca)

Homegrown from Whitehorse, Yukon and currently residing in Alberta, Heather is a practising artist, art educator and arts administrator. Heather attended Vancouver Island University with a diploma in visual arts and Concordia University with a major in community-based art education. As the past Executive Director for the Yukon Art Society, Heather has built her career based on the foundation of Indigenization and supporting community through meaningful connections.