Willow Crescent Quilting: Dorathy Wright sews memories and dreams into colourful quilts, parkas, and mittens
Dorathy Wright is a Gwich’in quilter and artist from Inuvik, Northwest Territories, who now calls Norman Wells home. Dorathy comes from a family of artists, though she is mainly self-taught. While she learned traditional beading and embroidery in junior high and high school, Dorathy came to quilting as an adult. With the help of some how-to videos, she picked up the skill quickly. She has since taken classes on specific quilt patterns, including watercolour rails and double pinwheels.
Dorathy’s work, which celebrates colour, line, and texture, seeks to captivate the viewer’s spirit and emotions, sparking a sense of mystery, excitement, and joy. She aspires to be a contemporary dressmaker and hopes to one day open a craft store to display her textile work and provide materials and designs to the communities of the Sahtú.
With over ten years of experience as a quilter and artist, Dorathy has been selling and donating quilts for more than five years. Recipients of her work include the Norman Wells Land Corporation, Mackenzie Mountain School, the NWT SPCA, the East Three Girls Basketball Team, and many local families. Dorathy is committed to supporting, educating, and donating to her local community in the hopes that her crafting skills can encourage other young artists to engage in healthy and productive hobbies.
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This video was made by aRTLess Collective with support from NWT Arts
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