Dawn Michelle Russell
Dawn’s passion for textiles was nurtured as a graduate of Ryerson’s Fashion Design program and enriched through Extended Studies – Textiles at the University of the Fraser Valley.
Creating textiles that are coloured from the earth evolved from her admiration of rocky coastlines, wooded trails and gardens. A chance conversation with VanDusen’s retired curator, Roy Forster, led her to pursue nature dyes - colouring cloth with plant material, mineral and earth pigments.
Dawn explores traditional and non-traditional techniques imitating nature’s colours, textures and patterns. Using surface design artistry such as botanical prints, and hand weaving she transforms cotton, linen silk and paper in an impassioned, controlled process. The result is fabric for naturally unique, one-of-kind garments. Her label, Della Terra Designs, translates from Italian as ‘of the earth.’
Her work has been shown in gallery exhibitions and wearable art shows throughout the Lower Mainland and Sunshine Coast, BC; as well as in Santa Fe, NM and Jeon-ju, South Korea.