Where: Montreal, QC
What: Designer / Quilter
Katie Armstrong, aka Soft Sigh, is a Montreal based quilter who uses mostly second-hand, thrifted and scrap materials from local makers that are too small for them to use but perfect for Katie to turn into amazing pieces like baby quilts, large throw quilts and (now) wall hangings. Pier Five got connected to Katie in early 2022 and loves her focus on sustainability and her ability to create beautiful, unique pieces through traditional techniques with a twist.
Why are you excited to be a part of the grant project?
It was a really special surprise to be asked by Pier Five to be a part of this project. As a creator who struggles myself to get access to tools and materials, I know what a game changer it can be to receive a gift like this through the grant so I am really looking forward to seeing who gets it and what they do with it.
Can you tell us about the pieces that you've made for the grant?
My inspiration for the piece was, to begin with, the colour green which is my favourite colour and I wanted to do something a little bit out of my comfort zone. I did this through the wall hanging that I made, which is a little less functional but more so a piece of art. This was exciting for me. In trying something a little new, I wanted to choose a pattern that was simple but impactful. I chose a very traditional block that dates back to the civil war era that is really fun to get weird with and can be full of depth based on the fabrics and colours that you choose.