Cheryl MacDonald was born in Halifax, but as a teenager, her family moved to the United States, where she eventually settled and spent 25 years in Los Angeles, California. As a young woman, Cheryl studied liberal arts with her major being in apparel design and construction. Earning a certificate in Fashion Design was her first step in an art and design career.
Her love of textiles, wardrobe, and costumes soon had her working in various capacities including retail textile shoppes, as a seamstress at Universal Studios tour wardrobe, and a costume curator and conservator. Pieces from the 1939 film, the Wizard of Oz were some of Cheryl’s favourite.
Cheryl continued her creative journey with textile applique art, paper collage, and many other types of art and craft before recently starting her own business, Nanny Goat Upcycled Art & Craft. She chose the nanny goat as inspiration because of the goat’s adaptability and love of chewing on fabric, paper and random items. Cheryl is a bit like them in that she is able to ‘climb difficult terrain’ by constantly reinventing herself as the need be, and by utilizing and sharing of available resources and helpful information.
Currently, her passion lies in upcycling, the creative transformation of post- consumer, second-hand, or unwanted items such as paper and fabric, into art and craft. Her focus is on reusable papers and fabrics, making one-of-a-kind fun, unique, and colourful beads, flowers, note cards, jewellery, home decor and mixed media artworks.
Cheryl has facilitated workshops for people of all ages and abilities for the past several years. She enjoys teaching and emphasizes the health benefits of creating art. Her past experience in working with seniors is something she hopes to continue after her recent move to the valley. Look for Cheryl’s products and services on her social media pages and upcoming programming with 7Arts. We are looking forward to the expertise Cheryl has to offer and welcome her to our NOVA Artists club.