Breaking Free: the fibre art of Lyn Barrett-Cowan

Pushing the boundaries of quilting designs, Fergus fibre artist Lyn Barrett-Cowan’s exhibit Breaking Free opened June 28 at the Wellington County Museum and Archives (WCMA).

Drawing from her own life experiences and nature, Lyn takes viewers on a personal journey that will delight and intrigue.

“My work in fabric is highly influenced by my work in watercolour,” Lyn Barrett-Cowan said.

“When I chose subjects to paint in watercolour, I selected textural subjects unconsciously. I didn’t realize this until it was pointed out by one of my patrons. It made perfect sense, when my sewing machine was fixed in 1998, that I would turn my creative energy to fabric. Now I enjoy the best of both worlds.”

“While embracing the skills of traditional quilting, Lyn’s work is noted for its originality of artistic expression,” curator Susan Dunlop said.

“Colour and intricate detail, layers of fabrics, beads, found objects and abstract shapes create a unique signature style.”

“I like trying different materials such as rocks, branches, dried glue, and rust rubbed on fabric – anything that can help me achieve what I imagine,” said Lyn. “Ideas often come in the middle of the night and each piece is a learning experience.”

From purses to abstract quilts, over twenty items are on display at WCMA until January 11.

The Wellington County Museum and Archives is located on Wellington Rd. 18 between Fergus and Elora.

The galleries are open weekdays from 9:30am to 4:30pm and 1pm to 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays.