JUdy CooperA native of St. John’s, Newfoundland, I have been sewing most of my life. Since retiring from teaching, I have channelled my energies into designing and creating fibre art. Many of my pieces reflect Newfoundland landscapes. Often a landscape will have a combination of hand-dyed cotton and silk fabrics, commercial fabrics, machine stitching, hand sewing and hand embroidery. Each piece is one-of-a-kind, numbered and signed.

My art work includes fabric silhouettes using hand-dyed backgrounds with Newfoundland themes, a limited selection of framed fabric Row Houses, typical of the older section of St. John's, and a variety of art (example: Fantasy Fish, Wearable Art Pins, Needle Cases and Scissors Holders) made from fantastic fabrics, using dyed fabrics, decorative yarns, metallic threads and designer fabrics.

I exhibit in a number of venues, from local exhibits to as far away as the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, Japan.  My art work has been purchased by people from all over the world. I  have pieces in the permanent collections of the City of St. John's, and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.  One of my larger quilted pieces, Voyages of Discovery, is presently hanging in Bristol, England and was on exhibit at the 1998 Williamsburg Quilt festival, Virginia, USA.

I have won two of the three awards for excellence, given yearly from the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador: In 2003, I received the Award for Excellence in Innovation and Design for Treasures of the Sea, a stitched, embroidered and beaded fabric box and in 2006, the Award for Excellence in Technical Mastery for the Garden Sewing Box. In the spring 2006 issue of A Needle Pulling Thread, a Canadian magazine promoting needle arts, the Garden Sewing Box, was published. This included full instructions on how to make this piece of functional art. In 2007, I received the Original Design Award from the Embroidery Association of Canada for the Garden Sewing Box.

I am also a member of the Cabot Quilters’ Guild, Canadian Quilters’ Association, International Quilters’ Association, St. John’s Guild of Embroiderers, Embroidery Canada, and for the past four years was the Regional Representative for the Canadian Quilters’ Association.  I also teach classes in various techniques involving printing on fabrics using the computer, and the creation other fabric surface design techniques.