Pat B.

My introduction to the world of art began in my formative years with my parents introducing me to music, dance and art.  While formal art training was not to happen until later in my life, this did not prevent me from pursuing my love of fibre.  In 1983 I received the designation of Master Spinner from the Ontario Handweavers and Spinners.  This award let me to weaving and this became my art form. In 2000 I graduated with high honours in dressmaking and fashion design from Seneca College and along with my weaving experience, I began to design and weave garments.  There is a quote that sums up my artistic journey “As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better”.

Weaving is the first part of my process and depending on the project, this might be all I do with the cloth but what gives me the most satisfaction is taking the plain handwoven cloth and with dyes, paints and other surface design techniques, changing this plain piece of cloth into a work of art filled with colour texture and wonder.

I am passionate about the life I lead as a textile artist.  Working in collaboration with other artists not only pushes my creativity but I can step out of my comfort zone trying new materials and techniques. Environmental issues have been the focus of my collaborative work over the past several years, while my own personal work has become more complex with the use of layering colour and textures.