Judy Villett has been wrapped up in quilts all her life! She was nurtured in the snowy Alberta foothills by three generations of family quilters, including one grandfather. Her formal art education began at the University of Alberta in the Fine Arts program. Stepping outside the academic art world, she began to silkscreen images on fabric and learned how to add quilting to her designs. Combining traditional techniques and contemporary design was a breakthrough for Judy, leading to a lifetime passion for the tactile quality and the multidimensional aspects of cloth.
Her work combines many techniques, beginning with commercial, hand dyed or digitally printed fabrics that may then be felted, painted, embellished, pieced, appliquéd and finally machine quilted. My inspirations are the play of light and dark, the power of colour, and the textures of the world that she walks in. Judy’s wall-hangings have been shown in juried and solo exhibitions in England, Japan, USA, and Canada.
The mighty Fraser River and the spectacular sky vistas from her 15th floor condo are constantly inspiring. She continues to enjoy the magical cloth connection that binds her to colleagues, art lovers, and students, who all respond so positively to the fabric medium that she loves.