Mel Sweetnam is a natural dye educator. Through her business, Mamie’s Schoolhouse, she teaches various natural dye techniques, with a focus on ecology. She is admin of the global Natural Dye Education Facebook group (over 4,000 members), founder of the Cape Breton Fibre Trail, President of the Victoria County Arts Council. Mel is a juried member of the Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design. Prior to moving to Cape Breton to commit full-time to her life long fibre arts practice, Mel worked for over 20 years in public science policy senior management with the Ontario and New Zealand governments, and with a range of non-governmental organizations. Her BSc and Masters studies are in biology.