Joy Eidse

Mediums: Fibres

I’ve been sewing since I was a little girl but could never follow a pattern. I was happiest embroidering patterns I had designed or adding patches to clothing. I’d never considered quilting as an art form I might be interested in because I had only ever seen traditional quilts with exact patterns that required measuring and straight lines. When I discovered art quilting, a whole new world opened up for me. I could fully engage in the "right brained" creative process without having to interrupt it with "left brained" mathematics and if something wasn’t quite straight or perfect I could just say it was intentional since it was my design!

I love the freedom of this art form and it’s accessibility as a mother of young children. I can do it on the kitchen table while they play or in the backyard. It feeds my creative urges while allowing me to be present for my kids. During the long winter months here in Winnipeg, quilting is a ‘warm' activity. As wallhangings, they allow me to add the warmth of colour to my home while insulating my walls from the cold winds (who says art quilts are not functional!).

As a social worker, I am interested in the communal history of quilting, the quilting bee as a social change mechanism, (it was a crucial part of the women’s liberation movement) and it’s potential for community development and community expression. I am beginning to explore the concept of art as part of a healing for both individuals and communities, particularly in the area of grief. Art as a means of making social and political statements and the power of symbol is also something that fascinates me and something I hope to study and practice more in this next year.
727 College Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba, MB
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