Star Song

Alice Olsen Williams

Gallery 1 / Gallery 2
Jan 12 - Feb 16, 2019

For close to four decades Alice Olsen Williams’ distinctive quilt making style has been grounded in the traditional skills of beadwork and sewing of the Anishinaabe people, and the unique symbols and themes of her culture. Alice sees her practice and labour as a connection to the work of women that has been done, and is still being done, through the ages and across cultures. Alice's creative vision in quilt design focuses on the central placement of animals and birds, which figure prominently in the lives of the Anishinaabeg, as well as the traditional floral motifs that Anishinaabe-Kwewag continue to use in their beadwork, quillwork, embroidery and other creative media. Surrounding her central designs are the conventional North American quilting blocks that were introduced by the first European Settlers, and continue to be developed by contemporary quilt artisans. Through her practice Alice combines the knowledge and appreciation of her Anishinaabe ancestry with new materials, to create wonderful expressions in cultural meaning, the healing arts and Indigenous activism.