Artwork by Sheila Niles
My Mother Always Wanted to go to Japan
69" x 73" ©0
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 wasnâ€™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 â€˜shouldsâ€™ and â€˜oughtsâ€™ 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. Maryâ€™s Church, Lethbridge, AB for most of those years. This piece won the Judgeâ€™s Choice (C.J.Pettigrew) at the CQH National in Fredericton 2003.
Materials â€“ hand dyed and commercial fabrics â€“ new and antique, a piece of Shibori fabric from Kasuri Dyeworks, linens, silk, polyesters, cottons, rayons. Techniques â€“ piecing, couching, pointillist techniques using cut-up bits of fabric, paper piecing, X stitch and appliquÃ©.