Colour with a U too
Vancouver, British Columbia
Cold Magic, 2020
As a child, new to Canada, I was amazed when I went outside one night after it had snowed and looked up at the Northern Lights. The silent curtains of light in the cold winter air, partly obscuring the stars, were a form of magic. Most of the time they were a bright green/ yellow, but sometimes there were hints of pinks and blues. Somehow, when I learned that these colours were the result of the interaction between the magnetosphere and the sun, they were even more magic. These coloured curtains made me want to explore the universe.
Raw edge applique. thread painting Quilting cottons, sheers, thread
26 x 19”
The Dancer, 2019
In the dead of a Manitoban winter, the ground is covered in a frosty blanket of snow. A tree stands alone… and comes alive. The frost falls away as her limbs arch gracefully. Dead twigs and branches stitch together to create the illusion of a delicate skirt effortlessly floating. Hovering with the movement imagined, we gaze onto Mother Nature’s Dancer.
Resilience, unity, creativity and strength are the unique qualities required to live in one of Canada’s Northern climate cities. We understand and embrace our abounding and unabashed love of what some may call the Canadian Spirit.
Thread drawing with water-soluble stabilizer, machine applique, trapunto, thread painting
Cotton and batik fabric, cotton/polyester and wool batting, cotton and rayon thread, Sulky Solvy Water Soluble Stabilizer
24 x 36”
Photo credit: Mirek Weichsel
Green to Make my Heart Sing, 2019
Canadians on the Prairies live in a climate dominated by winter at least five months. It is followed by six to eight weeks of post-equinox sunshine to melt snow and ice, thaw the earth, and warm the soil. Then there is a glorious explosion of green as the trees leaf out. It is this bright, translucent green which makes my heart sing.
Snow dye, over dye, low-immersion dye, paint, raw edge applique, painted sheer overlay, free motion stitching on a domestic machine.
Used textiles: damask tablecloth, clothing, drapery sheer, wool blanket, bed sheet; cotton fabric, silk scraps, cheesecloth, dye, fabric paint, acrylic paint, thread.
47 x 31”
Langley, British Columbia
Colours on the Rock, 2013
The colours of the houses in St. John’s, Newfoundland offer a wonderful contrast to the rocks, sky and sea.
What a wonderful celebration of colour!
Machine pieced, raw edge applique, machine quilted Hand dyed cotton, recycled scraps from assorted fabrics
45 x 18”
The inspiration for Invaders came from my daughter’s vegetable garden. One summer her husband saw the weeds overtaking her vegetable seedlings and he decided to be helpful by spraying the weeds with an herbicide. This not only made the weeds shrivel up, turn brown and die, but also killed the vegetables growing near them. The end result was that nothing grew there all summer long. Yet, in the end, this saved my daughter a lot of gardening work. My artwork is meant to sound a warning about the effects of herbicides on our environment.
Machine quilted and embellished, machine and hand appliquéd
Hand dyed cotton fabrics and paper, synthetic fabrics and threads
32 x 26”
Through My Eyes, 2019
Travelling on the Canadian Prairies, going from one destination to another, gives one a view of the varied and colourful landscape. The land can appear flat and you can see for a long distance with nothing to block your view. But there will also be rolling hills and a stand of trees. What you see from spring until winter is a landscape of browns, yellow-golds and greens. The sky too will often be a display of colour with pinks and oranges. Prairie colours are spectacular! The hope is that this piece will give the
viewer a sense of what the artist sees.
Machine piecing, hand stitching and free motion quilting.
Commercial and hand dyed cottons, embroidery floss and cotton thread.
12 x 16”
Julie Poirier Mathur
Tout un monde to Make a Nation, 2020
Ça prends toute sorte de monde pour faire un monde. I was taken aback by the political discourse in Québec during the spring 2019. The protests in Montréal reinforced my conviction that it takes all sorts of people to make a nation.
My quilt is an interpretation of a photo by John Kenney published online by the Montreal Gazette. Used with permission.
Pieced, fused appliqué, tied, knit, walking foot and free motion quilting
Cotton, silk, wool and acrylic yarns, wire, fusible webbing, cotton thread, monofilament
48 x 61”
Different but the Same, 2019
Using the same group of fabrics, I created each section in a unique way and combined them with beads to form a unified piece. In the same way individuals are made of the same components but all unique in their personalities, appearance, and diversity of their cultural backgrounds, yet they come together to form a harmonious and unified community.
Raw edge appliqué, embellishment with hand embroidery and joined by beads and wire
Cotton fabric pieces are laid down with raw edges exposed to form units
33 x 31”
Photo credit: Ruth Fielding