Andrea Vander Kooij is an Ontario artist who holds an MFA degree with a concentration in Fibres from Concordia University in Montreal. Her practice incorporates traditional craft-based mediums such as knitting, crocheting, embroidery and quilting as well as elements of performance. Her work addresses gender issues and the body, as well as challenging notions of art, craft and labour. She enjoys working with found and reclaimed materials. In 2006 she received the Lilianne Elliot Award for Excellence in Fibres, and her work has recently been published in “Experimental Pattern” (Rockport Publishing, 2010) and “Push: Stitchery” (Lark Publishing, 2011). Her most recent work will be exhibited in Toronto at the Gladstone Hotel as part of the Hard Twist 7, Touch Me, Feel Me show from November 2012 to January 2013. She lives with her Husband and two sons in Bradford, Ontario.