Stephanie Ford Forrester

Hand worked textile by Stephanie Ford Forrester. Quilted scene of a sunrise over hills and lake with trees.

In the Light of Dreams, 2020, hand dyed and hand worked silks, cottons and batiks, 40″ x 49″

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About the artist:

With formative years spent in coastal environments, it is natural that these and other beautiful yet fragile places settled permanently into my imagination, ultimately providing guidance towards adult life in the visual arts.

Studies at Mount Allison University’s Department of Fine Arts, and The New School of Art in Toronto were followed by travels in the U.K., Europe, Turkey, Afghanistan, and India. Later came time living solo in the Gatineau Hills without electricity or a car. Numerous individual, and group shows in the Ottawa area were the product of a very productive time exploring printmaking, and early work in textiles.

Soon, building a family, several log and timber frame house reclamation projects, and starting work in the museum field took precedence. A move to Lakefield in 1990, curatorship at Hutchison House Museum, and raising teenagers encompassed that decade, until I returned to making art full time in 1999, with textiles my medium of choice. Several group, and solo shows followed, as well as 21 consecutive years on The Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour, commission work, and many fine art festivals.

Working by hand in luminous silks and cottons, batiks and hand dyed and painted fabrics, my pieces are meditations on the transitory mysteries of our beautiful breathing earth. The immediacy of hand work is a crucial part of the creative process reflecting that same process in nature. The desire to return to painting and more hand dying is now appearing in recent work.

Multiple textile artworks featuring trees and shorelines installed on a white wall in Stephine Ford Forrester's studio

Stephanie Ford Forrester’s Studio


Art Gallery of Peterborough logo, with Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour logo

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Exhibitions

Installation view of KAST Selections exhibition. From Left: Paul Nabuurs, Bronson Smith, David Hickey

It’s All About ARTISTS Preview Exhibition

Jane LowBeer, String Theory, 2015, monotype on paper, 22" x 28"

Peer Christensen, Park & Lansdowne St., Peterborough, oil on canvas, 2019

Peter Rotter, Looking Up, 2017

Rowena Dykins, Lynn River, 2012

Jeffrey Macklin, #typography collage

Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour: Selections

Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour: Selections

Sep 19, 2014 to Oct 19, 2014

The Art Gallery of Peterborough is currently open to the public, by appointment

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