dawn russell

dawn russell

della terra designs




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.

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 linen, wool, 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; Holetown, Barbados and Jeon-ju, South Korea.

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