A love of fabric and quilts began the moment Valerie Wilson curled up beneath one of her grandmother’s quilts as a child. Wilson has worked with fabrics from childhood, learning embroidery from her grandmother and garment sewing from her mother. She started out with traditional quilting, but soon decided that what she really yearned to do was creating pictures from fabric. In 2004, Wilson started quilting and in 2014, fibre art became her full-time occupation.
Having once been the owner of an architectural antiques business, Valerie maintains a keen interest in old houses, and the people who lived in them. This is evident in Valerie’s current series; vintage portraits based on those brilliant old photos depicting the way we once were. Valerie combines a love of history, and a curiosity about people from the past, to capture character in fabric.
Valerie’s award-winning work has been exhibited from British Columbia to St. John’s, Newfoundland in Canada, and internationally from New Zealand to Houston, Texas.
Valerie has trained with fibre artists from around the world. She became the Fibre Art Network (FAN) Membership Co-ordinator in 2004, when she joined this co-operative of professional, Western Canadian fibre artists. And now is a Studio Art Quilts Associates (SAQA) co-rep for Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Valerie was born in Carberry, Manitoba, amongst the rolling sand hills. Craving change, she sampled life in the university town of Kitchener-Waterloo for a few years, but then decided that she could no longer resist the pull of the sunny climes of Manitoba, and now resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.