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Sheree Rasmussen

Posted in Fabric Artists


My artistic process is textile based, probably because my earliest artistic influence was my mother, who sewed and dressed me in fabulously coloured outfits. Dance training imprinted on me a deep need for creating energetic patterns through movement, and I have transposed this feeling of movement of my body in space to the movement of colour, shape and pattern through the medium of textiles, working in an improvisational way.

I have worked with gardens for many years, and that has also influenced my art work. The word paradise comes from the Persian word meaning walled garden, a perfect little universe. The garden is a symbol of unity and wholeness, and a well designed garden has the effect of creating harmony within. That is how I see my artwork; a textile garden, organized within the limits of the piece as a representation of the world, that embodies and creates a feeling of joy and harmony. Each piece has it’s own language, it’s own climate, it’s own weather.

I’m drawn to the idea that simplicity can be achieved through complexity. Like a mandala, created with an understanding of underlying principles, the viewer, taking the time to stop and meditate on the work, can realize unity and a state of balance. We are reminded of our relation to the infinite, that the world extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds.

I grew up in Toronto in an artistic family. From a young age I studied a variety of dance forms and later textiles and weaving in Toronto and Denmark. I’m a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design and was nominated for the Governor General’s Award. For many years I have worked as an award winning landscape and garden designer in Toronto. I have travelled extensively, and I currently live and work amongst the rural beauty of Warkworth, Ontario.




My studio is 10 min. north of Castleton and 5 min. south of Warkworth off County Rd. 25.
at 388 Pine Grove Rd.

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