Tracey Lawko

Toronto, ON CA


Artist Information for Tracey Lawko

I create densely-stitched landscapes and richly-textured botanical still-life to document and honor the countryside around my studio in the hills of the Niagara Escarpment. My process is detailed and painterly. Starting with a simple drawing, I then free-motion machine stitch with a longarm sewing machine, layering 30-50 different colors of thread until the base fabrics essentially disappear and a complex tapestry results. Underlying much of my work is a sense of change: seasonal change or changes wrought by human influence.

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Spring Thaw

Spring Thaw16 x 12 inches  

Viewers Choice Award and Free-motion Machine Stitching Award, Threadworks 2013. I delight in the natural beauty around me. In early Spring the sun casts shadows through the trees and the stream gurgles with the extra volume of water created by melting snow. Free-motion machine stitching on collaged fabric.

Walking Through the Hardwoods

Walking Through the Hardwoods10 x 7 inches  

Created for the SAQA 25th Anniversary Show, selected for the permanent collection of the National Quilt Museum, Paducah KY

Hay Bales Study

Hay Bales Study10 x 12 inches  

Excellence in Fiber: Surface Design, Niche Awards 2013

Old Maples

Old Maples12 x 18 inches  

Wildflower Fields

Wildflower Fields11 x 14 inches