The two trees on either side of the fireplace in the pic were commissioned wall hanging quilts 14 feet by 4 feet wide. I belong to a small group of fibre artists who challenge each other monthly to attempt different techniques. I also am a member of the Victoria Quilters’ Guild.
I have created some form of artwork all my life, but my love affair with fabric began as a child, playing with my grandmother’s buttons and scraps of fabric. I find that fibre provides me the genre to work with texture, colour, and symmetry to design a piece of work that is both satisfying and pleasing to the eye.
I begin a piece by deciding on what I wish to accomplish- be it a landscape, a portrait, a colour study, a collage – the possibilities are endless. Next, I decide on the technique that best achieves my goal. From there, it is a building process: selecting, layering, studying, ripping, deciding, quilting, embellishing. My works are labours of love that I hope people will savour and enjoy.
At university, I started out in Fine Arts but transferred into the general arts program working eventually in management and, finally, teaching. Creatively, I have taken several excellent courses from leading fibre artists such as Joan Schulze, at the Pacific Art School , Katie Pasquini Masopust, Pat Pauley, Martha Cole as well as several, wonderful, local teachers. Each instructor offers new techniques that I am able to adapt to my own individuality.
I lived in Oak Bay for 25 years and relished the opportunity to represent the area in the CRD Quilt. My piece incorporates the iconic Oak Bay Theatre sign, a Tudor style building, and an oak tree. To me, this is Oak Bay!!