World Shibori Network

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Wilma Butts

Arashi – Art to Wear
Nova Scotia, CANADA


Wilma Butts is a textile artist based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Wilma enjoys experimenting with traditional shibori techniques, creating work that is innovative while still respectful of the traditions of the past. Her latest experiments involve the selective removal of sericin proteins from greige silks to create beautifully patterned textiles with a luminous quality and a mix of shade, texture and opacity. Wilma has exhibited her work internationally, including the recent Cheoungju International Craft Biennale, South Korea (Sept – Nov, 2009). Wilma creates one-of-a-kind and limited production art to wear pieces under her company, Arashi – art to wear.

“My work is referenced by the patterns, textures and quality of light I encounter on the Atlantic coast. Shibori ‘shaped resist’ patterns can be seen everywhere in nature. Just as the energy of the sun, rain, wind and fire imprints on the environment, shibori techniques imprint the energy of the creative process on fibre.”



“Unity & Diversity” Cheoungju International Craft Biennale, South Korea, 2009

“Textile Fusion” SDA’s 2009 Fashion Performance, Kansas City, MO, 2009

“Dynamic Resistance”, solo exhibition, The Craig Gallery, Dartmouth, NS, 2008

“Shibori Cut Loose”, Textile Center, Joan Mondale Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, 2008

“The New Cartography of Craft”, Mary E. Black Gallery, Halifax, NS, 2007

“Handmade for the Holidays”, The Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR, 2007

“ORIGINality”, Sculpture to Wear, Santa Monica, CA, 2006

“Shibori Unwrapped”, solo exhibition, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 2006



Juror’s Choice Award, “Just for Fun” Exhibition, Mary E. Black Gallery, July 2009

Nova Scotia Arts Council Award, 2007

Nova Scotia Arts Council Award, 2002



“Fabric Creations a Blend of Art & Poetry”, (Halifax Herald, July’08)

“It’s Art You Can Wear”, (Halifax Herald, Sept’06)

“Sea-ing Things”, (Halifax Herald, July’05)

“Beyond Control: Arashi art to wear”, (CraftNews, Fall 2004)

NS Buyer’s Guide to Art & Craft (Cover image ’04)



Canadian Museum of Civilization (Gatineau, QC)

The Museum of Contemporary Craft (Portland, OR)

Textile Museum of Canada (Toronto, ON)

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (Halifax, NS)

Confederation Centre of the Arts (Charlottetown, PE)



Nova Scotia Designer Craft Council (NSDCC)

Surface Design Association (SDA)