Ms. Sarah Robicheaux, Winterberry’s handwork instructor, grew up outside of Boston, and has made her way West and North through the years; from Colorado to Oregon and finally to Alaska with her husband, Todd, arriving in 1990. She holds an Associate of Science degree in Solar Engineering Technology from Colorado Technical College, and a Bachelors Degree in Architecture from the University of Oregon. A licensed architect for 20 years, she made a rewarding and refreshing change by becoming the Handwork Instructor at Winterberry in 2012.
Having practiced handwork since the age of seven, she is skilled in knitting, spinning, felting, weaving, clothing sewing, embroidery, dying, crochet and quilting. She is happy to share these skills with the students of Winterberry as handwork is both a gift to the individual in the form of useful and meaningful skills and a gift to the community in the form of shared cultural tradition and connection. Throughout her life she has been drawn to visual composition and aesthetics, with fibrous materials being her primary means to express her love of pattern, color and the appreciation of the richness and beauty of natural materials.
Both of her children, Max and Mary, are Winterberry graduates. They attended Winterberry from its first year of operation through 8th grade. During that time, Sarah had an active role as a parent volunteer. Sarah loves her family, likes to ski, hike, grow veggies and pet her cats.