Meet Your Representative Valerie Wilson

I have been quilting since 2002. My passion is to capture unique moments in time in my quilts. Although I occasionally dabble in abstracts, I find that I am drawn back to realism. I love using colour, and the tactile qualities of fabric and thread, to create original art.  I find my inspiration in the world that surrounds me, but I am particularly drawn to subjects in history, and nature.

Have you ever found a bunch of family photographs tucked in the back of a drawer, looked at them, and wondered who these people were, and what they would tell us, if they could? Whether it is a look in the eyes, the clothes they are wearing, the setting, or all three, their stories call to me. My current series focuses on people from vintage black and white photographs. I create my pieces with layers of small pieces of fabric, blended together with stitching, in a method that creates the appearance of a painting. 

When I am not immersed in history, or people, I take my inspiration from nature, focusing mainly on flowers in their glorious colour and detail.

Always seeking knowledge, and wanting to develop my expertise further, I have trained with fibre artists from around the world. With a love for being involved in any organization of which I am a member, I became the Fibre Art Network (FAN) Membership Co-ordinator in 2004, when I joined this co-operative of professional, Western Canadian fibre artists. 

My award-winning work has been exhibited from British Columbia to St. John’s, Newfoundland in Canada, and internationally from New Zealand to Houston, Texas. I have a solo exhibition coming up in 2016 at the Portage Arts Centre Art Gallery, in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.

I was born in Carberry, Manitoba, amongst the rolling sand hills. Craving change, I sampled life in the university town of Kitchener-Waterloo for a few years, but then decided that I could no longer resist the pull of the sunny climes of Manitoba, and now reside in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Rupert and his Brother

Rupert and his Brother Waiting for Gladys

© 2013 Valerie Wilson

47" x 37"