20 June 2013

News - Laurie Swim (Lunenburg, NS)

Laurie was recently presented with the Dorothy McMurdie Award. The Dorothy McMurdie Award is Canada’s most prestigious quilting award. It is presented annually by the Canadian Quilters’ Association/Association canadienne de la courtepointe. The recipient of this award will have made a significant contribution to quilting in Canada and may be a quilter, teacher, author, researcher, historian, collector and/or editor of a quilting publication. The purpose of this award is to recognize these individuals and pay tribute to their accomplishments as well as to establish documentation of their contribution to our Canadian quilting heritage. 

Laurie was nominated by her local guild, The Mahone Bay Quilters' Guild. She traveled to the conference in Penticton, BC for the presentation on May 16.

Here are some excerpts from the nomination which was submitted to CQA.

“Laurie masterfully crafts individual elements, assembles them, builds layers, and uses meticulous stitch work, either machined or by hand, to shade and punctuate each piece. Continually experimenting with new quilting techniques to perfect her work, she pays great attention to composition and light and has developed her own unique palette of fabric embellishments. Her art quilts are rich with meaning and tell stories that engage viewers.”

“Her work is part of the permanent collections of a number of museums and galleries such as the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Art Bank, and the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre in Hamilton Ontario. Laurie is invited frequently to exhibit throughout North America.”

Congratulations! We are lucky to have you here in Atlantic Canada.

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