Rilla Marshall

Throughout history, textiles have told stories and recorded information about the place and the people that made them. Through warp and weft, Rilla Marshall’s works translate the ephemeral impressions of the seasons and landscapes of Prince Edward Island, telling a story of coastal transition and change. Marshall graduated from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University with a BFA in Textiles in 2004, and in 2012, Marshall was the recipient of the W.B. Bruce European Fine Art Travel Scholarship and traveled to Sweden to research hand-weaving traditions.


Exploring the relationship between humans, the ocean, natural spaces, and the effects of climate change, image clusters are unified through woven structure, colour choices, and pattern, inviting the viewer into the liminal space of Marshall’s surrounding environment. Sublime details are woven through her work, and a closer look at her landscapes reveals more than meets the eye.

Rilla Marshall’s textile artwork has been exhibited in group and solo shows in PEI, NS, Alberta, Ontario, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Her work can be found in the PEI Provincial Art Bank collection (2018 and 2022 acquisitions), the Confederation Centre Art Gallery and various private collections. Marshall currently works in her home studio in a century-old school house in Belfast, PEI / Epetwitk, Canada.


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