When you take a classically and extensively trained artist with a sense of adventure and a zest for experimentation and put her on a small island where there are few distractions but copious natural beauty and serenity maybe this is what you get: riveting fabric multi-media collages that look remarkably like traditional canvases but are three dimensional and tactile. To bring her canvases to life, the artist uses a variety of fabrics combined with drawing, painting, batik and textile dyeing, … enhanced with machine and hand embroidery.
Excerpts from ‘Art in Stitches’ by Cherie Thiessen, Aqua, Gulf Islands Living, Volume 12.
About the Artist
Donna-Fay Digance is a contemporary art quilter, who lives and works on Saturna Island, BC. Themes are influenced by her natural surroundings as imagery is an integral part of her designs.
Donna uses a variety of fabrics combined with drawing, painting, batik, and textile dyeing. Many layers of these modified fabrics overlap to form a fabric collage. The sewing machine becomes a drawing tool to create line and texture as the collage is quilted using machine embroidery and free motion machine stitching.