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About Pippa
Quilts and quilting – what can I say? They have been the focus of my creative energies for most of my adult life. It all started more than 30 years ago when my twin daughters were born. Dreams of becoming a potter were not practical with two small babies to care for, so I began quilting. I’ve never looked back.
Pippa Moore - Textile Artist & Quiltmaker Those first years were spent learning the craft of quilting, and concentrating on the making of traditional quilt designs.  I have never taken any formal art training (my professional training was in nursing), but have been fortunate to study with a number of quilt artists who were formative in the direction I’ve taken. Of particular note are Ann Severson, Pat Crucil, Valerie Hearder, Ruth McDowell and Sue Benner.

Then in the early nineties, our family moved to Lesotho in Southern Africa, where we lived for the next three years. Like so many others, I fell in love with the enormity and colour and texture of the landscapes of sub-Saharan Africa, and gained an enormous respect for Africans, particularly African women, and their ability to be joyous, to celebrate, in the midst of difficult circumstances. This had a huge impact on my own sense of colour, and on my return to Canada, these experiences were reflected in my work.  Now I love working with rich, bright, saturated colour - from the warm and vibrant colours of Africa, to the blues and greens of my home on Vancouver Island. As for my design process, I usually work intuitively, auditioning choices on my design wall, often ending up with a quilt quite different from the one I originally had in mind.

In 2006 I launched my own quilting business - Kitambaa Designs - “kitambaa” being the Swahili word for cloth. For the next eight years I taught workshops across Canada, designed patterns and gave lectures.        

I visited Uganda for the first time in 2007, in conjunction with my husband’s work with a Canadian NGO (non-governmental organization), and in 2009 began conducting workshops in sewing and quilting for a group of grandmothers and widows there. It was an extraordinary privilege to work with the Bitengye Designers, as they became known - an amazing group of women, who are now able to provide for their families through their work. Alice Asiimwe is the Coordinator of the group, and with funds we were able to raise in Canada, she now has a new sewing school where she continues to teach and support the Bitengye women. While I no longer make annual trips to East Africa, I am still deeply connected both to these women and to this part of the world.        

When I am not involved with our family, I am at home on Vancouver Island, where I continue to give voice to my experiences and my soul through the medium of fabric.  
 

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  Exhibits and Awards (Selected):

  • "Together" - La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum, La Conner, WA - Sept.-Dec. 2011
  • "Pathways" - Spencer Gallery, London, Ont. - May-June 2011
  • "Turning the Tide" - numerous gallery locations across western Canada - 2010
  • Gibsons Landing Fibre Arts Festival - August 2009
  • Quilt Saskatchewan NJS - Saskatoon, AB - June 2009
  • "Planting Seeds of Hope" - gallery locations across western Canada 2008
  • The Grand National - Kitchener-Waterloo - May 2008
  • “Illumination”, Fibre Essence Gallery, Granville Island, October 2006
  • “Island FAN-fare”, Oceanside Gallery, Parksville, B.C., June 2006
  • “Canada Uncovered”, Curated Show – one of 20 quilters chosen from Canada, Paducah, Kentucky, March-July 2006
  • “Pieceful Expressions”, C.V. Quilt Show Fall 1996, 1998, 2000, 2006
  • Association of Pacific Northwest Quilters, Seattle, Washington, Finalist in 2004, 2006
  • La Manzanilla Art Gallery, Mexico, February 2005
  • The Grand National, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario, Finalist is Juried Show June 2003,2004,2005
  • World Quilt Competition – Michigan, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, California, August-October 2004
  • Jack Shadbolt Gallery, Comox, May 2004
  • World Piece Quilt Festival, Waterloo, Ontario, May 2004
  • Pan Pacific Quilt Show, Hawaii, April 2004
  • World Quilt Festival, Nagoya, Japan, March 2004
  • Canadian Quilt Association National Juried Show – 2000, 2003, 2004 – Award for Large Innovative Wall Quilt in 2003, Judge’s Choice Award in 2004.
  • “Nature and Thread”, Muir Gallery, September 2002
  • “Visions”, Campbell River and District Art Gallery, Campbell River B.C., January-February 2002
  • “A  Colour-Full Journey”, Muir Gallery, Courtenay B.C., August 2000
  • “Women’s Work/Women’s Art”, Comox Valley Art Gallery, Sept. 1997
     

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