Laurie Swim

Laurie Swim, over 45 years has employed textiles as her medium. A Portia White Prize winner, her works grace public and private collections including Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, City of Toronto, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and Museum of Arts and Design in New York.

As well as her studio work, Laurie originated eight community-built quilts, Pulling Together, The Builders of the Rideau Canal, 1826-32 (1995); York is History (1998) Breaking Ground, The Hogg’s Hollow Disaster, 1960 (2000); Lost at Sea, 1961 (2000); The Canadian Young Workers Memorial Quilt (2003); The Lunenburg Heritage Story Quilt (2003); The Black Loyalists of Birchtown (2005); and Hope and Survival, The Halifax Explosion 1917 (2017)

She has written four books The Joy of Quilting with an Introduction by Alex Colville (1984); Quilting, (1991), Rags to Riches: The Quilt as Art, introduction by Mary Pratt (2007); Hope and Survival, a Story of the Halifax Explosion, introduction by Jane Alexander (2017).