About

Fibre Artist Bridget O’Flaherty

Bridget O'Flaherty Fibre Artist

Bridget O’Flaherty is best known for her stunning large landscapes created with thread. Using her sewing machine, Bridget builds up layers of multi-coloured thread ‘drawing’ to convey her landscape art. With an environmental and sustainable focus, she explores the use of local, organic and natural hand-dyed fabrics and materials in her works. An award-winning artist with over 25 years’ experience in the fibre art world, Bridget’s work is showcased in national galleries, and she teaches and lectures internationally.

Bridget’s fibre art is inspired by nature and biodiversity.  She is passionate about our environment and creates intimate connections to the landscape. She conveys fragile aspects of eco-systems and advocates for awareness of species at risk, native and invasive species in nature and sustainable materials in textiles.

Artist Statment

My life in the fibre art world launches off the historical significance of needlework in our Country. Quilting can be seen in Canada’s history from early settler days and sewing, beading, textiles and fibre art reach back to times long before that with Indigenous peoples’ traditions. Textiles have often been associated with women as a utilitarian contribution, and for a long time, it was the only accepted outlet for art for women. It was imported from other lands, adapted, evolved and integrated into our culture of today. I strive to contribute to the evolution of fibre art in Canada. I learned traditional quilting from my mother over 25 years ago, but I had always been drawn to natural landscapes and exploring the blend of contemporary fibre art techniques with the traditions of quilting.

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 historical context, the ecological chain of materials and the process for creating with a caring and intended learning experience.

Passion

We 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