Award-Winning Textile Artist 


Laurie has worked as an artist for some 40 years, developing unique and innovative treatments to fashion her imagery in textiles with fabric and thread.


Laurie has written three books, two published internationally, on quilt art. The Joy of Quilting with an Introduction by Alex Colville, 1984, made her an early leader in the art quilt field. Laurie's third book, Rags to Riches: The Quilt as Art with an introduction by Mary Pratt, was published in Canada in 2007.


Laurie's works grace many private and public collections, including the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Art Bank, Nova Scotia Designer Craft Council, the City of Toronto Art Collection and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. Del Mano Gallery in Los Angeles, California has represented Laurie since 2007. She is also represented by Zwicker's Art Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Amicus Gallery in Chester, NS.


Laurie is recognized as one of Canada's best living artists.

  • Community-Built Art
    Laurie has combined fine art and public advocacy, initiating large scale community-made quilts with volunteers.

  • Pulling Together, The Builders of the Rideau Canal, 1826-32, (9' x 15') 1995 is in the Workers Heritage Museum Collection in Hamilton, Ontario.

  • Breaking Ground: The Hogg's Hollow Disaster, 1960, (7' x 20') 2000 is a permanent installation in the York Mills Subway station in Toronto, Ontario.

  • Lost at Sea, 1961 (10'x10') 2000 is on display at the Crescent Beach Centre in her hometown of Lockeport, Nova Scotia.

  • The Canadian Young Workers Memorial Quilt, (9' x 18') 2003 includes 100 commemorations of youths between the ages of 15-24 killed on the job. 

  • The Lunenburg Heritage Story Quilt (8' x 9') 2003.

  • The Hope and Survival Memorial Quilt Project, (multiple panels) 2017. On the centennial of the event, commemorates the nearly 2000 people killed and many more injured in a tragedy that shaped Halifax.

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    Nova Scotia, Canada

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    Nova Scotia, Canada, B0J 2C0
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