November 2018

Dawn Russell – Naturally Inspired
November 15, 2018 @ 7.00pm

Join us on Thursday, November 15th at 7:00 pm for Naturally Inspired with Dawn Michelle Russell of Della Terra Designs. Dawn will share with us the books and natural images that inspire her work as well as a sampling of her botanically inspired textiles. She also looks forward to hearing what inspires your work.

Dawn’s passion for textiles was nurtured as a graduate of Ryerson’s Fashion Design program and enriched through Extended Studies – Textiles at the University of the Fraser Valley. She began experimenting with natural dyes, surface design techniques and hand woven fabrics in 2011. She has developed her fibre art skills through projects, workshops, and independent study. Her textiles are earth inspired and sourced, influenced by her travels and close to home in the Pacific Northwest. Creating textiles that are coloured from the earth evolved from her admiration of rocky coastlines, wooden trails and gardens.

Dawn explores traditional and no-traditional techniques, imitating nature’s colours, textures, and patterns. Working with plant extracts, rusting techniques, and other methods that evolve from earth elements, she colours and transforms textiles. Her label, Della Terra Designs, translates from Italian as “of the earth”. Using surface design techniques and/or hand weaving, Dawn creates one of a kind fabrics for garments.

Her work has been shown in gallery exhibitions and wearable art shows throughout the Lower Mainland and Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, as well as in Santa Fe, NM, Holetown, Barbados, and Jeon-ju, South Korea.