About

Fibre Artist Bridget O’Flaherty

Bridget O'Flaherty Fibre Artist

Bridget creates art made for lovers of nature. Her fibre art is made with earth friendly, sustainable materials, often showcasing gorgeous landscapes. Along with her principle nature collections, she creates custom commissions of homesteads, family cottages or vacation vistas. These special places are brought to life with her detailed fibre art in an awe striking commemorative piece.

Bridget O’Flaherty from Thread Painted Art has 26 years of experience in the quilting and fibre art industry. She has taught and lectured about her art at conferences and associations nationally. Her work is in private and public collections including the University of Alberta Art Collection, Edmonton, Alberta. She has her art hanging in the Town Halls of Perth Ontario, Perth Scotland and Osaka Japan. Bridget is the MERA Artist Award of Excellence recipient for 2017.

“I learned traditional quilting from my mother over 25 years ago and I have always been drawn to pictorial landscape Art Quilts. I love exploring the  blend of contemporary fibre art techniques with the traditions of quilting. In my art, I use layers of thread for shading effects, much like pencil crayon or pen and ink with stitching techniques, traditional piecing of fabric and quilting techniques to convey my landscape art. My current work explores the use of organic materials and natural, hand-dyed organic fabrics. My art quilts are inspired by nature and biodiversity. I connect the viewer with the landscape; introducing the fragile aspects of our environment like species at risk, native and invasive species, traditional and historically significant crafts. I like to capture precious places and moments in time and preserve them in my art.”

For inquiries contact me directly: bridget@threadpaintedart.com

Thread Painted Art

Culture of Thread Painted Art

Thread Painted Art delivers services that are SUSTAINABLE, with INTEGRITY AND maintain a HIGH QUALITY of WORKMANSHIP.

Sustainability

We source materials, supplies and choose travel and business support options that work towards a reduction of their negative environmental impact.

Integrity

We act and speak with honesty and sincerity in all interactions with students and clients.

Quality

We will always produce the best quality products and stand behind our work, if you aren’t happy, we will fix it. We give 100% when delivering teaching and speaking engagements.

Thread Painted Art delivers engaging EDUCATION options through INNOVATIONS in fibre art in a NURTURING environment.

Education

We are driven to impart and share information on the techniques, historical context and subject matter of the art we create.

Innovation

We stay current with new techniques and methods for creating fibre art through technology, current trends and materials and innovative methods.

Nurturing

We deliver our offerings in a nurturing environment to ensure every individual has a positive experience, learns and develops their skills for their fibre art practice.

Thread Painted Art works to ADVOCATE AND BE A LEADER in bringing sustainability issues forward and create connections in different COMMUNITIES.

Advocate

We raise awareness of environmental issues, natural and sustainable fibres practices.  We also contribute to the discussion of the importance of sustainability of resources, eco-systems along with the importance of art for self-care.

Lead

We lead with our efforts to connect and bring awareness of environmental issues in our communities through our fibre art.

Communities

We connect with different communities like agricultural, suppliers, fibre manufacturing, art, naturalist and consumer communities to raise awareness, collaborate and connect with special interest groups.

Thread Painted art embraces MINDFULNESS with PASSION and targets living a balanced life with GRATITUDE.

Mindfulness

We take a slow approach, appreciating the steps, the historic context, the ecological chain of materials and the process for creating with a caring and intended learning experience.

Passion

We are dedicated to our craft and have a passion for fibre, nature and sustainability. We will continue to feed that passion and use it in all of the services we offer.

Gratitude

We are thankful every day that we are able to follow our passion. We love to spend time creating, sharing and helping others and spend time thanking our tribe on a regular basis.

Eco Thread Art

Sustainability is a movement globally that looks at the life-cycle and overall carbon footprint of not only materials but also of businesses. Thread Painted Art integrates sustainability as a core value in the following ways:

  • The Art uses organic fabrics, natural dyes certified using the Global Organic Textile Standard or Oeko-Tex standard 100 and recycled content.
  • All printing and packaging include FSC Certified papers, natural packaging materials and sustainably manufactured products using eco- dyes and inks.
  • Environmental impacts are considered for travel, utilities, and private purchases.

Associations

Bridget O’Flaherty is a member in good standing with the following associations:

Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. (SAQA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the art quilt through education, exhibitions, professional development, documentation, and publications.

TAFAList: The Textile and Fiber Art List

Lanark County Quilter’s Guild

AQS– American Quilter’s Society

CQA/ACC- Canadian Quilters’ Association/Association Canadienne de la Courtepointe