Sadie Gagner (Topsail Canvas)

"The Topsail Canvas studio is located in the small community of Mascarene.  We are surrounded by mossy woods and rugged coastlines with high Bay of Fundy tides.  In the company of our family and friends, there are sailing and camping adventures, picnics and potlucks, gardens to plant and trails to run.  We take pride in our simple and practical lifestyle.   Environmental awareness and community support are a priority.  Functionality and durability are paramount. Our bags represent us."


Topsail Canvas was born in 1991 when a local conference needed simple canvas bags for their event.  Martha and Maggie took up the challenge.  Their exploration of different size bags, pockets, drawstrings and zippered tops led to more bag styles.  Our work was juried into the New Brunswick Craft Council in 1994.  Kate joined the sewing team in 2002 and Sadie began sewing bags in 2003.  New designs continued to evolve as we experimented and customers requested additional features. Kate and Martha always sewed on treadle powered industrial machines; their homes being off the grid.  We worked out of our homes until 2012 when we completed a new studio building in Sadie’s yard. Currently, Topsail Canvas is run by Sadie Gagner, the daughter of founder Martha Bryan.