Quilts of Canada – Nunavut- Tranquility

Iqaluit: Serenity thread painting by Bridget O'Flaherty

Tranquillity Thread painting set in living room with grey walls
Nunavut – Tranquiltity

Quilts of Canada created by Bridget O’Flaherty in 2000. The quilts were shown at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum . 

This original design in thread painting used over 2000m of thread to complete.

Artist Statement

“More than any other creature, the world’s largest carnivore has come to symbolize the wild rugged character of Nunavut. Polar Bears are well adapted for frigid arctic waters and are excellent swimmers. They spend most of their lives on the sea ice and in the water. These abilities and adaptations allow the polar bear to successfully hunt the staple of its diet, the Ringed Seal. It hunts these at breathing holes, flow edges and along cracks in the ice.

The Bear’s Paw pattern in the quilt border is a traditional pattern. Quilting is relatively rare in the north. Getting supplies to create quilts was difficult. Textiles from the North include beadwork, embroidery and clothing.  “

Original size 3’x 5’

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Bridget O’Flaherty

An award-winning artist, Bridget utilizes layers of thread for shading effects – much like pencil crayon, stitching techniques, traditional piecing and quilting techniques. Her current work explores the use of sustainable materials, natural and hand dyed, organic fabrics. Inspired by nature and biodiversity, introducing the fragile aspects of the environment like species at risk, native and invasive species, traditional and historically significant crafts.

© Bridget O’Flaherty

photography by TH Wall

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