Ruth de Vos: Biography
For as long as she can remember Ruth has had a burning desire to make, stitch, draw and capture. On any given day there are a million ideas floating in her mind, so that the challenge is not so much to find inspiration, but rather, to decide which idea to run with next.
Oh, the other challenge is not to let the ‘making’ take over her life at home. Ruth is stay-at-home mum to five (soon to be six) young children so she is never short on models and inspiration! Life is busy, but Ruth has this to say about why she continues to make art: “I love to enjoy and capture the wonder of small children discovering this awesome world. Observing small children notice budding flowers, snail trails, ripening fruit, textured leaves, floating bubbles, dripping rain and pencil marks on paper for the first time is a wonderful reminder of just how special these ordinary things are. I hope I can retain some of that wide- eyed wonder myself, and continue to express it in my work.”
Ruth and her family live in the beautiful hills on the southern fringes of Perth, in Western Australia. The surrounding gum trees and other native Australian plants form the inspiration for her botanical art. She loves to capture God’s creation, and how everything works and fits together in it. The laws of nature, botanical and zoological interrelationships, and the God-given role of man in the natural world all stimulate Ruth to further explore new ideas and designs in my textile art. Each work leads her to a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the greatness of God and the wonderful world He has made. It is Ruth’s wish that those who view her artwork may have a similar experience.
Ruth hand-dyes much of the fabric she uses for my quilt tops. The art quilts are pieced by machine in a process not too far removed from traditional patchwork techniques. Where a design requires it, Ruth will also incorporate screenprinting, to add texture or tell part of the story. Every artwork is completed with intensive machine stitching to quilt the layers of the piece together, as well as to add interest through texture and embroidered patterns.
Ruth lives in the beautiful Perth hills, in Western Australia. Ruth’s artwork has been featured in exhibitions nationally and internationally and is included in private collections around the world. Ruth has artwork available for purchase at Aspects of Kings Park, Mundaring Arts Centre and online.