Laurie Swim

138 Lincoln Street
Lunenburg, NS
B0J 2C0 CA


Artist Information for Laurie Swim

Over my 40 year career as an artist, I have developed unique innovative treatments to fashion my imagery in textiles. I am author of three books on quilt art. My work, for the most part, references my surroundings, capturing moments in time that are elevated from everyday events from the past to the present. Often these events are common interactions between people with their environment and sometimes only between the viewer and the landscape.

My approach to the fibre medium is to start with an image in mind and build towards it, allowing room for what happens along the way. I use all manner of fabrics and threads to create texture and add dimension in the finished piece. This entails inventing innovating techniques to achieve the effect for best results.

I have combined fine art and public advocacy in community art projects. As a significant contribution and use of this medium, I have shared my art form and practice with others to create meaningful public art such as Breaking Ground, Hogg's Hollow Disaster, 1960, a permanent installation in the Toronto Subway. Over a twenty year period, I have originated 6 such projects. This spring I will be launching a seventh, the Halifax Explosion, 1917. The project is to take place in Nova Scotia and completed before the 100th anniversary in 2017.

This past year in 2013, I was honoured with two awards, The Dorothy McMurdie by the Canadian Quilters Association for my contribution to Canadian quilting and the Portia White Prize, the province of Nova Scotia's highest arts award for artistic excellence.

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Incoming Fog

Incoming Fog13"h x 18"w  

A seacape near Stonehurst, NS. Various fabrics, hand dyed thread, machine stitched and embroidered

Where To Now

Where To Now17"h x 24" w  

Inspired by a walk with my friend and her dog though a farmer's field near Lunenburg NS. Various fabrics, felted silk and wool, metallic threads, machine stitched

New Day

New Day19"h x 29"w  

Live nude model. Setting is a field overlooking headland near my childhood home in Lockeport NS Various fabrics, metallic threads and cords, machine stitched

In the Gut

In the Gut52"h x 60"w  

Inspired by a lovely B&W photo taken in the early 1950's depicting a waterway in Blue Rocks NS locally called The Gut. Various fabrics, hand dyed fabric and thread, yarn and wool rovings, fused applique, machine stitched