Born and educated in New Zealand, Rene Corder Evans has always had a love for fine wools, textiles and all things New Zealand; although in her twenties she followed her heart and moved to Canada. In 1996 she was introduced to the Fashion Design Program at University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) in Canada and graduated with a Diploma of Fashion Design in 1999. From 2001–2012 Rene was a Textile Instructor within the Fashion Design Program at UFV. She divided her time between creating one-of-a-kind wearable art pieces, teaching weaving at the University level, and her career as a business administrator, enjoying the challenges of all three. During this time she also taught felt-making at the annual international Maiwa Textile Symposiums, at HGA Convergence in Denver and for numerous textile guilds. In 2012 Rene retired and now spends time in New Zealand and Canada, finding more time for textile arts and teaching.