Steven Berg, or StevenBe as he is known, has been combining art and craft since his mother Christa taught him to knit as a boy in Wisconsin.
By the age of eight, he was creating sequined gowns for Barbie dolls and knew what he wanted to be when he grew up. It was only a matter of time until his love of design-led him out of Wisconsin to New York City, where he studied at Parsons and graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Since then, his international career has allowed him to lead a glamorous life in Hong Kong, Milan, Paris, and Miami. By 2003, success in the fashion capitals of the world had begun to lose its sparkle, as the corporate life led him further and further away from the creative process he so loved.
When it became clear that something had to change, Steven headed to Rosemount, where his sister Monika Oeltjen had settled. Together they opened The Yarn Garage and set about creating a scene, which is after all, what Steven does best.
These days his StevenBe store can be found in Minneapolis, situated in a converted Fire Station, that has been likened to walking into a two-story temple dedicated to a love of the fibre arts. He has a lust for wild colour and texture and has had the privilege of being nominated as one of the top 10 yarn shops in North America by USA Today.
Steven will be spending two days on our alpaca farm, relaxing during the retreat and socialising with our retreat guests.