Artwork by Sheila Niles

My Mother Always Wanted to go to Japan

My Mother Always Wanted to go to Japan

69" x 73" ©0

Memorial Piece My Mother gave me the gift of life and the spirit of art that breathed through my life. I wanted to give her the gift of my art but she wasn’t there to receive it. This piece is about women of her generation who were expected to fulfill well-defined roles of answering to the needs of family and the dictates of society. Their hopes and desires were not taken seriously and their lives were often very unfulfilling. I am eternally grateful to have escaped the ‘shoulds’ and ‘oughts’ that they were subject to. The two X stitched pieces on the inside of the front were done by my mother, 60 years ago and used on the altar of St. Mary’s Church, Lethbridge, AB for most of those years. This piece won the Judge’s Choice (C.J.Pettigrew) at the CQH National in Fredericton 2003. Materials – hand dyed and commercial fabrics – new and antique, a piece of Shibori fabric from Kasuri Dyeworks, linens, silk, polyesters, cottons, rayons. Techniques – piecing, couching, pointillist techniques using cut-up bits of fabric, paper piecing, X stitch and appliqué.

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