January 2022

Val Wilson “Uncovering Art Quilts”

An engaging account by Valerie Wilson of her journey from traditional quilts to her current adventures in art quilting.  Valerie will show a variety of quilts representing that journey, including close-up views and progress shots of her quilts.

A love of fabric and quilts began the moment Valerie Wilson curled up beneath one of her grandmother’s quilts as a child. Wilson has worked with fabrics from childhood, learning embroidery from her grandmother and garment sewing from her mother. She started out with traditional quilting but soon decided that what she really yearned to do was create pictures from fabric. In 2002, Wilson started quilting and in 2014, fibre art became her full-time occupation.

Having been the owner of an architectural antique business, Valerie maintains a keen interest in old houses and the people who lived in them. This is evident in Valerie’s current series; vintage portraits based on those brilliant old photos depicting the way we once were. Valerie combines a love of history and a curiosity about people from the past, to capture character in fabric.

Valerie’s award-winning work has been exhibited from British Columbia to St. John’s, Newfoundland in Canada, and internationally from New Zealand to Houston, Texas. Valerie became the Fibre Art Network (FAN) Membership Co-ordinator in 2004 when she joined this co-operative of professional, Western Canadian fibre artists. And in 2016 a Juried Artist Member of Studio Art Quilts Associates (SAQA).