Irene Peel is of Metis heritage and resides in Gravenhurst, Ontario. Irene has been involved in artistic crafts all of her life. At the age of 7 she made crepe flowers and sold them door to door and has not looked back since. Irene first moved to Gravenhurst in 1974 and soon opened a store selling art and craft supplies and taught numerous crafts on a private basis for some time. Upon obtaining her Masters in cake decorating and her patissier’s license she taught at Georgian College for a number of years. She then diversified into an outstanding career in real estate. Soon after retirement she returned to her first love, artistic crafts. She discovered a 100 year old gourd woven with pine needles exhibited in a museum and became entranced with this art. After painstaking research she found that the art actually dated back to ancient times. She then developed her own style and technique into her current creations.