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Lunenberg, Nova Scotia
Laurie has worked as an artist for some 40 years, developing unique and innovative treatments to fashion her imagery in textiles with fabric and thread.
Laurie has written three books, two published internationally, on quilt art. The Joy of Quilting with an Introduction by Alex Colville, 1984, made her an early leader in the art quilt field. Laurie’s third book, Rags to Riches: The Quilt as Art with an introduction by Mary Pratt, was published in Canada in 2007.
Laurie’s works grace many private and public collections, including the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Art Bank, Nova Scotia Designer Craft Council, the City of Toronto Art Collection and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. Del Mano Gallery in Los Angeles, California has represented Laurie since 2007. She is also represented by Zwicker’s Art Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Amicus Gallery in Chester, NS.
Laurie is recognized as one of Canada’s best living artists.
I first learned about the world of quilting in 1981 through a course I took with my Cercle de Fermières. This new form of creativity allowed me to work with colours and motifs. I started with hand work; then the new cutting tools greatly improved my skills.
I started teaching at home in 1997; then I worked at Pénélope for 11 years as an instructor and an advisor in the quilt fabric section. I am basically self-taught; books and magazines are sources for references and inspiration. I love to learn and share my passion. I am very attentive to the work done by students and I provide good instructions so that each individual can complete their project enthusiastically.