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Bill Stearman, Quilt Maker


The Short Version for my BackPack Show
(and my personal favourite)

I Will be Silent No More

Bill struggled with storytelling as a way to make sense of his life for many years. And then discovered his voice in quilt making. 
Fabrics and carefully placed stitches express joy, anguish, hope, gratitude, and love, providing glimpses into deep and important stories; stories that matter on personal and social levels. 
His quilts make bold statements and provoke thoughtful consideration of a variety of issues. 
“With the help of about 20 of my quilts, I’ll tell their stories... my stories. I doubt that these quilts, and their stories, will remind you of your Grandmother’s quilts." 


The Formal Version

Bill Stearman, Quilt Maker

Arts Related Education and Training:
  • Haliburton School of Art and Design
    •  various summer courses in quilting and fabric dyeing
  • Fibreworks Kingston
    • assorted one day and weekend workshops and classes
  • Workshops at Colour Vie Studios, Toronto, Ontario
    • indigo dyeing and fabric painting
  • Hyggeligt Fabric, St Marys
    •  classes with Kaffe Fassett, Cheryl Arkison, and Jacquie Gering 
  • Various Guilds and conventions
    • classes with Jeannie Jenkins, Maggie Vanderweit, Bethany Garner, Joyce O'Connell, Mary Fons, Elizabeth Hartman, Victoria Findlay Wolfe


Exhibitions:
  • Juried
    • Quilt Canada, National Juried Show 2016, 2018, 2019  (seven quilts juried in)
    •   Men's Show 2016, 2018, Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum -  Golden, Colorado (three quilts juried in)
    • International Quilt Festival 2017-2019 - Chicago, Illinois & Houston Texas (six quilts juried in)
    • Parrott Gallery, Various Exhibits, Belleville Ontario - 2016-2019 (seven quilts juried in)
  • Non-Juried
    • Quilts at the Creek, Black Creek Pioneer Village and York Heritage Quilters' Guild – Toronto, Ontario
    • St Andrew's Presbyterian Church Gallery, Picton, Ontario
    • PEC Quilters’ Guild Show, Wellington, Ontario
    • Trent Valley Quilters' Guild Show, Brighton, Ontario

  • Gallery Exhibits
    • 'Heart and Soul: two men tell their stories' - Parrott Gallery Belleville, Ontario - a shared gallery with my husband, Larry Tayler
    • 'Textile Traditions' - Maison Depoivre - a group show featuring five of my quilts
Publications:
  • Quilters' Newsletter, October/November, 2016 - one quilt featured in an article
  • Sacred Threads Exhibition Book - 2017 & 2019 - three quilts featured in total
  • County and Quinte Living Magazine, Winter, 2018 - an eleven page feature article about the work of my husband, and photographer, and I
  • A Needle Pulling Thread, Issue 51 - an article featuring two of my quilts


Memberships:

  • Prince Edward County Quilter's Guild
  • Trent Valley Quilters' Guild
  • Bay of Quinte Modern Quilt Guild
  • Canadian Quilters' Association
  • International Quilters' Association
  • Studio Art Quilt Associates

Comments

  1. Loved you Back Pack show you had last night at the Ancaster Quilt Guild meeting You must have a massive supply of scraps from all parts of the world. Your presentation throughout supported by life forces has shaped an extremely gifted quilter and story teller. Congratulations Bill. All the best in 2021.

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