Faculty Profile for Lydia van der Staal


Lydia van der Staal

Haliburton School of The Arts

Lydia van der Staal was born in Hague, Holland and immigrated to Canada at an early age with her family. A graduate of Humber College's Social Service Program, Lydia has worked as a weaver creating tapestries with handspun wool, as a carpenter building and renovating houses, and later in a woman's shelter as a support counselor and community outreach worker. Lydia has worked full-time creating custom ironwork for public and private commissions as an artist blacksmith since her completion of the Artist Blacksmith Certificate Program in 1999. Lydia is currently a teacher in the Artist Blacksmith Program at Fleming College's Haliburton School of The Arts.

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