of the Dorothy McMurdie Award for significant contribution to Canadian
"Valerie is a brilliant designer and colorist and an inspired teacher. She shares her enormous talents, opening doors to help students develop their own creative directions. Her landscapes are based on principles which will nurture artists of many varied media."
Jean Ray Laury, author, artist. Fresno, California
" ..... Thank you so much for two fabulous workshops that had more people producing more finished ( and beautifully so, too) works than I have ever known to happen. As well the Guild was truly inspired by and very responsive to your deeply moving lecture."
Carole Carpenter, Workshop Convenor, York Heritage Guild. Toronto.
have a gift of apt, and concise and inspiring statements... landscape
has become such an important context for creativity and for preservation."
us to think of the scissors as the brush and the pool of fabric as stimulus
and paint, Valerie gently helped us overcome self doubt and discover....creative
abilities we had not dreamed we possessed."
professionalism, artistic ability, organizational skill and teaching ability
is outstanding. You are extremely gifted with a true belief that you share
so willingly with others."
I don't remember anyone having such a strong effect on so many of us."
to ever thank you for your most exceptional workshop... It was truly superb.
Your patience, ease and knowledge permeated the group and the results
were staggering! You pushed and inspired and the gals were ecstatic upon
the workshop's conclusion."
have read every book out on landscapes and yours is the most inspirational.
I really can't tell you what a joy it is. I have the feeling that your
book has brought me close... to finding "who I am" as a quilter."
recommend it to my students as the best landscape primer around."
you'd like to read a detailed interview with me go to the Alliance
for the American Quilt website)
I grew up in the lush tropical city of Durban, on the edge of the Indian
Ocean. I loved embroidery as a child and my
I began making small appliquéd landscapes in 1981 and since 1984 have taught across North America, in South Africa, Japan, Germany, Northern Ireland, Scotland and England and on the faculty of Houston's International Quilt Festival since 1987. My first book "Beyond the Horizon: Small Appliqué Landscapes".C&T, 1995, is now out of print.
my work extensively through out Canada, United States. Also in Europe,
Japan and South Africa. My work has been exhibited at International Quilt
Festival since 1986 and frequently juried into both in "Hands All
round: International Quilts" and "Tactile Architecture".
In 2003 my work was chosen for "Thirty Distinguished Quilt Artists
of the World", Tokyo Dome, Japan Juried by Robert Shaw.
Valerie Hearder : email@example.com
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