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I am Dale Anne Potter, a Mixed Media Artist specializing in textiles (fancy name for an Art Quilter). I also dabble in stamping, scrapbooking, altered arts and genealogy. I live with my retired husband, Brian, in a small town in SW Saskatchewan.
I started quilting in the fall of 1984, when we found out we were going to be grandparents for the first time and even tho I was a step-grandmother, I still wanted any grandchild of mine to have a QUILT.
I went to the library, checked out a couple of books and there were very few to pick from those days. I made a few pillow tops at first – all by hand, then I designed a teddy bear for the upcoming baby’s quilt. I didn’t have very much of a choice for cotton fabrics either, so the 3 colours of fabrics I used were a cotton/poly blend.
I look at that quilt, which is still around (faded somewhat as Trista was in & out of the hospital alot those first couple of years, and the quilt went with her!) and I am amazed it held together. Applique stitches were far apart, and the quilting stitches were huge.
Once that quilt was finished, I took a class from Eleanor Pohl in Regina in early 1985. I started the class using the sewing machine like everyone else in that class, but I decided that wasn’t for me so finished the class by hand piecing & hand quilting that sampler.
I continued hand piecing and hand quilting through the years, learning alot from magazines and books. I started designing my own quilts in 1991, selling the smaller ones at consignment shops around Alberta. In 1997, I took a job in the High Arctic – Taloyoak, Nunavut (back then it was still in the Northwest Territories) and because of the full-time job, I decided to start machine piecing, but still loved the hand applique and quilting.
In 1999, I lost my sister, Mary Lou (who was 10 months younger than me) to cancer – 10 months after my bout with cancer. I decided Taloyoak was a little too far from my family and decided to open a quilt shop in my hometown of Oyen, Alberta. Farming economy being what it was at the time, it was not a good time for starting a small business, so after 2 years I was forced to close.
I taught most of the classes at the shop over those 2 years, and didn’t pick up anything for about 6 months after closing.
When I did start back quilting, I decided to try "Art Quilting". The new thing at the time was to make Journal Quilts (8.5 X 11") which is a perfect size to start Art Quilting with. I enjoyed the creative process of designing a small art piece.
I have been designing, teaching and exhibiting since 2004. I enjoy dyeing my own fabrics, adding soy wax batiking to them and/or using fabric paints to add just that something else to them.
I am mostly self taught, have read many Quilting Arts magazines, blogs, websites, and books plus taken a couple classes with Anna Hergert (now of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan)
I LOVE finding inspiration all around me, sometimes its a gnarly old tree or the pattern in the sand after a rain.
I am presently working a body of work using Saskatchewan and my Metis heritage as the inspiration. Once I have 6 or 7 pieces done, I will be approaching a couple venues for a Solo Exhibit in either 2010 or 2011. I am, also, working on numerous Call for Entries for this year and will be part of a Studio Express Art Tour this fall (details will be on my website in a month or so as we are working out the details).
My blog will give you some tidbits as I work through my creative process or you may subscribe to my monthly newsletter by signing up on the front page of my website. The newsletter will have the latest workshops/classes, exhibition happenings and some other happenings.
In January, I was lucky enough to win the Diva for a Day contest on Living Saskatchewan (CBC Regina TV) and the airing of the episodes are this week – with the final reveal on Feb. 12th. I posted an older blog post about the experience and today, I will post the reveal photo along with my feelings since the whole 2 days of taping on my blog.
Dale Anne in SW Saskatchewan
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