About Laine

I live in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, just steps from the ocean and the panoramic views of the Olympic mountains in Washington. Over the past few years, my studio has expanded throughout the house and includes a sewing room filled with fabric, threads and embellishments; a painting room with several large tables, paints, brushes and stamps of every conceivable shape; and a paper room for card-making and assembling my hand-made journals.

Playing with fabric and thread is something I began when I was seven years old and it has been part of my life ever since. Starting with dolls' clothes and progressing to making my own clothes including a winter coat, I turned to quilting and fiber art in the late 1980s. To date, three of my art pieces have been juried into the Canadian National Quilt Show and one into the Great Pacific Northwest Quiltfest in Seattle, Washington. Several have hung at the Coast Collective Gallery in Colwood, BC. One went on an international travelling exhibition and another to the art gallery in Whitehorse, Yukon. And two have won prizes: judge’s choice and viewers choice.

My fiber art and journals reflect my interests in travel, photography and quilting, and highlight my creativity and love of colour. My style has evolved considerably over time and a lot of credit goes to the many teachers who have given me some very unique 'tools' with which to make my art. I have taken workshops from some of North America's best known quilt makers, including Nancy Crow, Jane Sassaman, David Walker and Maureen Noble.

Recently, I've enjoyed recreating travel and nature photographs in fabric while adding colour and texture with paint, thread, beads, buttons and more until it looks and feels complete.

For more information about my art, visit the pictorial, abstract, and journals pages, or contact me to discuss commissioning your own custom piece. If you're interested in learning how to create your own fiber art, see the workshops page for information about one and two day workshops that I run. The latest news page will let you know what I've been doing recently.