Members Monthly Meeting via ZOOM
May 17 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Guest Speaker Bridget O’Flaherty
Title: How to Be a Green Quilter: Making Our Passion More Eco-Friendly
Are you environmentally conscious? Bridget O’Flaherty gives us an in-depth look at our quilting options and her art work, and some of the costs of being green. What does sustainability mean and how is it being addressed in the textile industry? Organic fabric, recycled content threads, natural fibres and dyes — where do you find them and how do you know what to look for? Find out how you can reduce your environmental impact as a quilter, fibre artist, or business owner.
Inspired by nature, Bridget O’Flaherty is passionate about the environment and feels an intimate connection to the landscape and wildlife of Canada. She has worked in textile arts for over 25 years and is drawn to fibre for its tactile nature and connection to the land. Bridget begins with local wool from a neighbouring sheep farm, processing it to create felted fabric to use in her detailed wildlife and landscape embroideries. She “draws” with her sewing machine, building up layers of multi-coloured thread to create her art. She uses combinations of local, recycled content, organic thread and materials, botanical dyes, and sustainably managed and sometimes local wood in every original work. While depicting the Canadian landscape, the precious eco-systems and wildlife with her art, Bridget hopes the viewer will take away an appreciation and connection to the beautiful, fragile aspects in nature.
Check her out on Instagram: @bridgetoflaherty_textileartist