Tuija Hansen (HBFA, MA) is a textile artist and independent scholar living and working in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Hansen studied felting, dying, and embroidery at Kootenay School of Arts school of craft and design and printmaking at Lakehead University. Her works of art depict place and location, physically and conceptually. Hansen’s practice is strongly influenced by her northern, boreal forest surroundings; as such she incorporates organic, found matter into textile works, as well as creating wearable pieces that are cozy, warm, and comforting. Working with traditional textile mediums allows the possibility to engage with her Finnish ancestry via meditative, concentrated, and tactile processes while reflecting on the significance of place, migration, and location. Hansen enjoys teaching and learning, recently instructing felting, dyeing, and printmaking with Workman Arts NWO, in Thunder Bay and leading fibre-focused workshops with Jumblies Theatre (Toronto, ON) as an instructor-in-residence with Thinking Rock Community Arts in Blind River, ON.