Lydia van der Staal
Haliburton School of The ArtsLydia 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.