ROSEMARY BURD - TEXTILE ARTIST
"I have always been a maker, but it is only in the past three years that I have truly found my medium for making art: stitching. What began as a curiosity about Japanese sashiko and boro traditions has evolved into a practice of hand stitching that is equal parts exploration and meditation.
From the rays of light and colour that I stitch on my own shaky photographs, to the calm concentric circles I stitch on repurposed fabrics, to the found objects and mixed textiles I layer and stitch on my larger pieces, through stitching I have found my creative voice."
Rosemary Burd was born in New Brunswick, raised in Ontario, and has now lived in Vancouver almost half her life. While living in Toronto she had a widely ranging career in the arts, from arts education to co-curating and managing a crafts gallery, followed by a second chapter in elementary education when she moved to Vancouver. Over the years, Rosemary has completed textile courses at OCAD and Maiwa School of Textiles, and mixed media painting courses at ECUAD. Most recently she has attended textile workshops and lectures worldwide via Zoom.
Rosemary’s stitched photographs have been exhibited by Propeller Gallery, Toronto (Altered Photographs at Hand, online exhibit, 2021). Her large piece, ‘where can we find light in this never-ending shade’, is included in the Eastside Culture Crawl’s juried show at the Pendulum Gallery in Vancouver (November, 2021), and was published in the Surface Design Association’s journal, Confrontation to Catharsis: Exhibitions in Print (Fall, 2021).