Today we are celebrating our founders on the blog!
If you missed the previous installments of Meet the
Administrative and Design Team, please click here for Part I, Part II, Part III and Part IV.
In honour of our 25th anniversary this month, we
will focus on co-founders Carol Sebert and Donna Hastings. Creative Matters Inc. was established in 1988
when Carol and Donna joined forces to bring their vision for original,
handcrafted floorcoverings to interior designers, architects and residential
Born in Virginia, U.S.A. and raised in Ottawa,
Ontario, Carol attended Ontario College of
Art and Design (OCAD) in Toronto to explore art and
textiles. She specialized in textile
design at Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. Carol has worked with a variety of mediums as
a silk painter, paper maker, costume dryer, set decorator and freelance
artist. She moved in to carpet design
and went on to co-found Creative Matters in 1988. Carol is passionate about textile design and
enjoys the thrill of working with the team of talented designers at Creative
Matters and the fair trade weavers in Southeast Asia to take the designs from
concepts and artwork to the finished product.
Donna was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, and graduated from
Ryerson University’s Fashion Design program where she specialized in custom
hand-crafted garments. She created and
painted silk tapestries and kimonos before moving in to carpet design and
management. Donna enjoys Art Day for
the opportunity and freedom to create spontaneously and she has always enjoyed
drawing and painting. Her favorite place
to be is in nature and observing the flora and fauna, especially at her cottage
where she can watch birds and be on the water.