Tuesday, 23 August 2011
Postcards: Dorothy Caldwell
With dye, wax, fabric, and thread, Dorothy Caldwell maps rural landscapes. Her large-scale quilts are quiet odes to fields, laneways, lakes and streams. A master of the mark, Dorothy uses a Tjanting and hot wax, needle and thread to chart her environment. In 1990, she won the Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in the Crafts, and in 2003 she was nominated for the Governor General's Award. She is featured in the 2009 Telos book Art Textiles of the World: Canada. She maintains an active exhibition and teaching schedule, travelling the world to share her techniques and wisdom. Dorothy Caldwell is one of my art heroes and I've been fortunate enough to have taken a few workshops with her. The postcard is from her 2003-2004 solo show, In Good Repair, at the Textile Museum of Canada.