|Pat White:Ecco Warrior and Quilt Artist||| Print ||
Pat White from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada says of her work “The tactile quality of working in the fibre medium drives my desire to explore the combination of colour, line and imagery to create works that are often themed toward environmental issues and those related to conservation of wildlife and geography. Combined with these themes I also explore my role as a feminist working in a medium that was historically used to subjugate women. I start work with pure white cloth and build up layers of paint, cloth and thread using a myriad of techniques including photo transfers, screen printing, block printing, dyeing and painting on fabric “
Having lived and worked in conservation education in remote areas such as Kluane National Park in the Yukon and British Columbia’s far north coast drives her passion and affects her artistic outlook and love for sacred spaces that is represented in her work.
Pat White’s lifelong work in environmental conservation education has currently led her to employment with the Valley Zoo in Edmonton. She has most recently worked on a collaborative project with 3 Elephants at the Thai National Elephant Conservatory in Lampang, Thailand and has worked with “Lucy” the painting asian elephant at the Valley zoo. White’s passion for hiking and living in remote isolated areas such as Kluane National Park in the Yukon and Stewart, BC/Hyder, Alaska has greatly affected her artistic outlook and love for sacred spaces that are represented in her work.
She has been quilting and working with fibre since 1974 and completed her first quilt at the age of 16. Almost all of her work starts as stark white cloth and she uses a myriad of techniques including photo transfers, screen printing, block printing, dyeing and painting on fabric. White’s goal is to provide a layer of imagery and depth to portray her often political statements. As an exhibiting artist since 1990, White has received International recognition from juried solo and invitational shows. A demand for her hand dyed and painted fabrics and transfers of imagery on fabric encouraged her to establish her own dye work studio, “Ice Cream Pail Productions”, in 1994. She has shared her skills as an active teacher, lecturer, public collaborator and curator throughout Western Canada, the Yukon, Alaska and Germany.
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