Gillian Schultze - Textile Artist
Almost every day I walk to my day-job through woody, pond-studded forests and almost
every night I strive to reflect this simple peacefulness in my textile art. I use my sewing machine to guide my intuition on the material I am working
with and just as in nature, I have learned to take chances with my pieces and not be afraid to stretch, cut, dye or even re-invent each piece as I move
through my creative process.
My goal is to reflect the lessons I have learned through the unpredictability of my needle and thread using texture, colour, natural fibers and dyes, floss and found objects. My textile art is guided by the ebb and flow of the seasons, which have allowed me the freedom to not expect a specific outcome, but rather experience the process through stitched, drawn or painted elements. As in life, my finished pieces are never how I imagined them to be.
Gillian has spent many years leaning to be an artist. Only recently has she found her niche in using
textile and thread to transpose her imagination onto her fabric canvases. Textile art has allowed her to morph many of the mediums she has dappled in over the years
(theatre, poetry, painting, interior decorating) into abstract and realistic depictions of nature.
Gillian considers herself an emerging artist and attributes her artistic "metamorphosis" to the connective threads of her life: her profound love for her children and family, the patience and serenity of nature and each challenge life throws her way.
Although art is not her full-time job, Gillian is fortunate to have a career at Laurentian University that engages her and provides the stability she needs to support her family and create art for herself. Throughout her career she has consistently brought her artistic flair to the workplace and has often used art as a foundation for creativity and innovation in leading and facilitating meetings and professional development sessions.
When she isn't creating, Gillian and her husband are experiencing nature by foot, ski or paddle.
2018 - The Motley Kitchen "Baby It's Cold Outside", Sudbury, ON (confirmed for Nov./Dec. 2018)
2018 - Artists on Elgin "Get Off Your Chair", Sudbury, ON
2017 - One Sky Gallery "Snow", Sudbury, ON
2017 and 2018 - Perivale Gallery "Spirit of Tom Thompson", Manitoulin Island, ON
2017 and 2018 - Laurentian University "SciArt", Sudbury, ON
2017 - Art Gallery of Sudbury "Holiday Magic", Sudbury, ON
2018 - Ontario Society of Artists “Emerging Artist Juried Exhibition”, Toronto, ON
2018 - Queen Gallery “50/50 Exhibition”, Toronto, ON
2018 - Baggage Building Arts Centre “Fibre Arts Exhibition”, Thunder Bay, ON
2018 - Lacloche Community Centre “La Cloche Art Show”, Manitoulin Island, ON
2017 - Maker’s North “Square Foot Show,” Sudbury, ON
2017/18 - 15 pieces created for private clients
2019 - "Finding Inspiration Among the Trees" Espanola Fibre Arts Festival, Espanola, ON (confirmed for third week of October 2019)
2018 - "Textile Techniques" Muses Textile Group, Sudbury, ON
2016 - "Outside the Box" Faculty and Staff training with art, Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON
2018 - 1st place Mixed Media, La Cloche Art Show
2017 - 1st place, SciArt
SAQA, Joined 2016 (SAQA Mentorship Program 2017)
Muses, Joined 2017
Sudbury Art Club, Joined 2017
Project Management and Group Facilitation/Grant Writing and Proposal Development
Laurentian University, Director of Strategic Initiatives (2016 - present)
Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, Project Manager (2013 - 2016)
City of Greater Sudbury, Project Manager (2009 - 2013)
*I have also sat on a number of non-profit boards and committees throughout my career including: United Way, Rainbow Routes, Northern Lights, The Greater Sudbury Development Corporation, Laurentian Nordic
Perivale Gallery - Manitoulin Island Sudbury Art Gallery - Sudbury Sudbury Killarney Mountain Lodge - Killarney
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