Workshop with Anna Torma in Antigonish NS

What a great day – in the company of Anna Torma, who just a few days before received the 2014 Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for High AchievemAnna Kateent in Visual Arts. We were a small but lively group of stitchers – sitting at tables in the St. Francis Xavier University Art Gallery in amongst Anna’s fabulous textile work.

I have to admit that previously having only seen Anna’s work in print or from Bagatelleson the Internet, I was really surprised to see her work up close in person. Anna is a story teller and uses needle and thread to draw her imagery. The threads hold a unique quality, a dynamic animation – like they are breathing and have a life of their own. They are rich tapestries that float in the air, the layers and transparencies draw you in to the stories, the fantasies and illusions.

silkscreened, layered, hand stitched

Anna talked about what inspires her with a slide show – her love of nature, gardens and her children. She even brought pickled green beans from her own garden to share! Delicious!

The afternoon, gilded with lots of sharing of knowledge and experience between Anna and the participants, took me on a reflective journey. The recent passing of my mother, her stories, our stories…

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