|Catherine Thomson Designs|
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Alberta Craft Council
Alan J. Thomson
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Background: At least 9 years ago I was awarded an Alberta Focus on Fibre prize in a theme, "We are most creative when having fun." The prize consisted of a box of fabric off-cuts in all shapes and sizes, rich in colors and textures, from a clothing designer. The challenge from the designer was along the lines of, "I wonder what you can do with these pieces?" It would have been a treasure trove for someone who sews. As I don't sew, I thought several times about giving them away to quilters. However, I realized the challenge was to me and not someone else. This summer I started making a few fabric flowers, then in December 2012 I came across the box again and the time was right to combine fabric, fibres, rocks and pieces of lace. I had so much inspiration and fun playing around with different ideas. Each flower contains a small piece of fibre, while most of the ones on rocks also contain some lace. I went on from the flowers to make some simple Christmas gifts.