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Artist Profile Cynthia McNair www.cynthiamcnair.com

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ynthia McNair immigrated to Canada in 2003. When she arrived she was intrigued by the number of quilt and fabric stores she saw and although she had never picked up a needle in her life, she immediately began to see the possibilities of this art-form.

In England she had been trained in Ceramic Restoration, an exacting work, requiring that the piece be returned to an almost original state. Colour matching is a major part of the work. So after a career of 14 years in private practice, her eye was keen and her hand was steady – she felt she was ready to begin quilting.

Canadian Garden

As her husband will attest, even sewing on buttons challenged her. Choosing fabrics and calculating the yardage required to make a quilt were complete mysteries. So it was with fear and trepidation that she decided to take some lessons to acquire new skills – and hopefully make new friends. Within six months of her arrival in Canada, she took a class at Cotton by Post in Ailsa Craig to make a twin size bed quilt. Her initial fear subsided and turned to pleasure when she created a reasonable piece of work. Her confidence in her new abilities has grown with each quilt she made, and she now refers to herself as a fibre artist.

Reflections

Moraine Lake was entered in the O Canada Exhibit at the International Quilt Festival in 2011.

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