Born in Toronto, Trudy Cowan was drawn to Calgary in 1966. Her career evolved from the mental health field working with adolescents to development and interpretation of museums and historic sites. There, her contributions to local, provincial and national projects, programs and boards were recognized with numerous awards, including an honorary doctorate from the University of Calgary in 2003.
Trudy Cowan began “playing with needles” as a child, learning and later teaching many techniques. Historic sites and museums opened her to textile practices and visual arts of past eras and world cultures. These experiences came together as she retired when quilting came into and took over her life.
She soon designed and created her first quilted artwork. Her time is now focused on an expanding repertoire of award-winning textiles and the teaching of skills and approaches. Trudy was named Quilter of Distinction at the Heritage Park Quilt Festival in 2017. Author and editor of numerous heritage articles and books, Trudy wrote a poem for children and created 11 quilts to illustrate her story, The Little Grey Mouse: A Fable in Fabric. Published by Frontenac House, it launched in 2018. Trudy and “the Mouse quilts” have travelled widely in Alberta and to Montreal, Phoenix and Vancouver to give trunk shows, talks, and teach. Her quilts, including several commissions, hang in collections across Canada and the USA.
Much of her embellished art quilting uses her own dimensional methods to portray the plants and landscapes she loves in Calgary and on her travels.
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