Silk Coast

34” x 20”
This textile artwork was inspired by views of the Southern Gulf Islands in British Columbia. This piece was created by starting with an original silk painting…

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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.

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About the Artist

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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.


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