Dorothy’s main focus has been one of a kind, handwoven fashion. She first learned to weave in the early 1970’s in California and this was followed by studies at the Edinburgh School of Art. Weaving and spinning workshops sponsored by the Kingston Handloom Weavers and Spinners (KHWS) resulted in further skill development. In recent years classes at St. Lawrence College and Haliburton School of the Arts in drawing and painting as well as spinning, dyeing, textile printing and fashion design have broadened her outlook and skill set.
Shows include the Textile Museum of Canada’s exhibit “Casting Off” and the Ontario Handweavers and Spinners show at the Agnes Etherington Arts Centre, “Touchstones”. Awards have included the Edna Blackburn award for innovation and the Yarns Plus award for excellence in weaving as well as the Best in Show award for “New Look, 1948” in the KHWS annual challenge event 2013.
Work has been sold locally the Gift Shop at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, the Annual KHWS Sale, the Chameleon Gallery, Skeleton Park Music Festival, The Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning’s Art Expo events, Chaffey’s Lock Craft Market and “Vibrant”- the annual sale of the Kingston and Fabric Cooperative.