A patchwork of travel experience inspires Guelph quilting artist
The Guelph artist estimates she has stitched together close to 200 quilts over the past 35 years, drawing inspiration from a lifetime of travelling and embracing different cultures. She currently has 65 of the michael kors australia se pieces showing at the Quilt and Fibre Art Festival, running until Saturday in St. Jacobs.
are an expression of who you are, she said in an interview on Tuesday, adding many of her quilts are a mishmash of memories, interpretations and dreams. Although she often uses a variety of different materials to piece her projects together, she said she can always identify where she obtained each scrap of cloth she uses.
The award winning quilt maker is a member of four quilting guilds; two in Toronto, the Royal City Quilters Guild in Guelph and one in France. She showcased her work in Switzerland, Italy, New Zealand and will soon be showing in France, but she normally displays her work at local galleries.
Her role as a quilting artist is the seventh career she had. On her count, she had a career as a student, a secretary while working through university, a housewife/mother, a career in the filming industry, a French teacher, a tutor for child actors while they worked on set, and a quilting artist.
Hug Valeriote attended high school at Bishop Macdonell and then the University of Toronto. After graduation, she spent time in Switzerland as part of an experiment in international living. She met her Swiss husband just before leaving Canada.
After spending several weeks with a French family and several months working at a watch factory in Switzerland, she went to Paris, France to attend film school. After finishing her classes she moved to Barcelona to learn Spanish and to intern at a Spanish television station.
When she r michael kors australia eturned back to Canada in 1974, she began her career in the film industry. She played a role in the making of the 1975 film Recommendation for Mercy. Partially filmed in Guelph, the movie was based on the story of Steven Truscott wrongful conviction.
When her husband found work in California, she moved out west and began taking courses about quilting as an art form. She learned quilt making is not only a practical way to keep warm at night, but a marriage of both craft and art, functionality and beauty.
comes a point in craft that you get so good at what you doing and you choose your colours and materials so well that it becomes art, she said.
After four years of living in the United States, she settled in the Toronto area. Drawing on what she learned in California, she began taking quilt making to another level. Using a long arm sewing machine she pushed the boundaries of traditional patterns and experime michael kors australia nted with irregular angles and crooked edges.
Photos and textiles gathered during her travels provided inspiration and materials for her newfound art form.
Her friend, Judy Eckhardt, has known Hug Valeriote for more than five years and has seen her grow as an artist.
rooted in tradition but expanding those roots in different directions, she said.
While stitching together a number of commissions and working away at personal projects in her Guelph studio, Hug Valeriote also works as a visiting artist, teaching students at local schools the history and the art of working with textiles.
was a born educator, passing that michael kors australia on through children to adults, Eckhardt said.
Three years ago she moved away from sewing by hand arthritis and carpal tunnel had caught up to her, she said. With bags full of materials and a head full of potential quilt ideas, she said she is trying to up my stash, and avoid buying new materials.
Although the festival in St. Jacobs ends on Saturday, her display made up of traditional scrap quilts to modern art quilts entitled Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Repurpose, will be shown until October.