Detained – Denied - Displaced

My practise explores meditative hand stitching/mark making, these marks accumulate, building the

story, responding to the images and history of the Japanese Canadian Internment Camps during WWII.

 Diaspora was forced upon the Japanese people living on coastal British Columbia, moved inland to a

cold unfamiliar place they formed a community and survived.

This installation is a result of my reading, viewing photographs, personal interviews with survivors and

travels to the Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre National Historic Site of Canada, located in New

Denver, BC.

Using an everyday object an old wool blanket references the intimate relationship we all share, the need

for warmth, comfort; tanned moose hide backing reminds me of the strength and adaptability of these

brave, strong people. Each mark represents over 20,000 displaced, families separated, mothers lost, and

possessions gone. Through this work my aim is to address through stitches the separation, even though

this work speaks no words, we can hear them.


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SAQA    Stories of Migration

Contemporary Artists Interpret Diaspora

Detained Denied Displaced was one of 36 works juried into the international exhibition.

The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, April – September 2016

Washington, DC


In April 2014 I was invited to be Artist in Residence in a community school/gallery in metropolitan Tokyo. I was to demonstrate how traditional kimono garments could be repurposed.

 Musashi was a famed Japanese swordsman of the seventeenth century, a real life popular hero.  I choose his name to convey the strong feeling this art evokes. Bold divisions of black separate the individual squares of colourful silks reminding us of the many kimonos worn by the noble women of ancient Japan.  When looking down on at the work you get a bird’s eye view like the paintings of geni monogatari ; visualize the lady-in-waiting with her black hair in the centre of the walled cubicle where she lived, wearing her favourite kimono. The path of colourful strips around the perimeter suggests the walkway around a traditional Japanese home.

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Standing Strong


36” x 72”

Inspired by the Giant Maple trees near Cowichan Bay, BC

Chosen to represent BC in Tradition in Transition : Alsace

Canadian contemporary textile works travel to France


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Blanket Statement


Artist Statement:

Since childhood, I have hand embroidered everything from pillow cases to embellishment on clothing.  After my years of studying design and embroidery I have entered the contemporary art world of Surface Design.  My latest series incorporates recycled or reclaimed woolen blankets.  The Blanket Statement: No Shame in Patches body of work explores the texture and relationship between yesterdays’ discarded blankets and how they can have a new public image in today’s philosophy of “recycling”.  The work itself is a unique combination of mending, patching, and darning.  Each piece is made up of layers of cloth allowing the worn and weathered fibres to have dignity as they record the changes in temperature, the ravages of rust, tints and tones of tarnish and stain, along with shrinking and warping. 

My art challenges the accepted need to find beauty in what is new, it asks the viewer to look for the inner beauty of the old and used. Using line, shape and colour with hand and machine stitches creates a balance between the ripped and the repaired. 



Polvis Arctic

Artist Statement – Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary, Alberta


Frobisher – Meta Incognita

Knowing that one historical time, such as Martin Frobisher’s expeditions to Canada’s far north, is being explored in the form of a full-length opera, I sense the energy and power of the previous cultural times are hidden in the various vehicles of the present.  I believe as an artist the challenge of capturing this spirit has led me to participate in the group Articulation’s quest to express 400 hundred years of history in Textile / Assemblage form.  Working alongside of the opera as it unfolds is an exciting and stimulating first-time experience for me.  I’m drawn to the visions of spirit in the Inukshuk, the film makingAnna dreams about, and the maps that Frobisher used to travel from England to Canada.  The passionate pursuit of dreams is hidden in my travels through this forceful work by John Estacio, composer and John Murrell, Librettist.

Frobisher’s Arctic voyages (1576-78) took place at the time when Mercator’s projection was coming into general use for maps and charts.  The projection did not of course make navigation through the Passage any easier or more difficult, but, owing to the exaggeration of both north-south and east-west distances at high latitudes, the route appeared much longer and less direct than it is.  This may have had, and possibly still continues to have, an unconscious psychological effect even on those well aware of the limitations of the projection.

Griffiths, Frank .editor, Politics of the Northwest Passage: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1987. Pp26-27.

Polvis Arctics(North Pole)    2007    Gloria S. Daly / Studio G Art           

Polvis Arctics (North Pole) - Yellow Point Lodge

 Purchased -  Ladysmith, BC

Frobisher - Mary E. Black Gallery,

February 2008, Halifax, Nova Scotia

 Frobisher - Banff School of Fine Arts,

May – September 2007, Banff, Alberta



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Whyte Museum

Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

Women of Fibre

November 2011 – January 2012

The contemporary works of Articulation, an eclectic group of fibre artists, illustrates the ongoing vibrancy of fibre arts across Canada. The works of Articulation are inspired by the Whyte Museum’s collection.

Robe of Rite: inspired by Mary Schaffer’s jacket, hand beaded, hide tanning, and tassel making using elk hide and glass beads. 2010.



 Glacier is based on my discoveries while doing a month long residency at the Banff Centre, AB where I studied historical slides, photos and written works on the glacial features of the region.  Being able to draw out the cold slow movements of a large body of ice onto a textile gave me the opportunity to portray a sense of playfulness and spirituality.  Hence the Dragon Glacier

Hand dyed indigo, Shiva Paintstiks, hand embroidery, machine quilting and Swarovski crystal embellishments.


Mountain Monsters were always woven into the stories around the campfire.  The Alpine Club of Canada members took great delight in teasing the novice climber and often used the language of the guides to confuse and embarrass the newcomers.  The terms ”snout”, “fore-foot”, and “bergschrund” would scare anyone not familiar with mountain climbing language.

My work suggests this cold mountain glacier could look and feel like a Glacial Mountain Monster, with a twinkle in his eye.


Whyte Gallery; Banff AB

Quilt Canada: Halifax NS

La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum: WA

McMillan Arts Centre: Parksville, BC

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Robe of Rite

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Pacific Shores

Pacific Shores

71cm x 48cm

Hand Stitched

Custom Indigo Dyed

Gloria S. Daly

Studio G Art

2014 ©

Pacific Shores  2014.  27” x 18” (71 cm x48cm)

Private commission / Japan

With the Pacific Ocean reaching across the shores between Kyushu, Japan and Vancouver Island, Canada Pacific Shores was designed to show the beauty we both share. The hand dyed indigo wool blanket piece is a perfect metaphor for the water touching our small islands. The meditative hand stitches are but a way for the waves and swirling waters that reach our shores to keep us joined as friends.  The symbolic spiral movement of the stitches create an outward wave, a constant motion, suggesting life is always expanding and contracting. 

The extract of natural indigo is the most popular blue dye. Blue is associated with deep water, harmony and confidence.  Green is used to describe nature, youth, spring and hope.  

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Touch of Orange


7’ x 5’

Wall Hanging

Repurposed wool blankets

Commissioned specifically to customers request.

Roy (Will) Roth

Calgary AB


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