Ilse Anysas-Salkauskas, ASA, SAQA
Ilse Anysas-Salkauskas is a visual artist who graduated with a Diploma from the Alberta College of Art in 1980, having majored in fibre art and minored in printing. She was juried into the Alberta Society of Artists in 1983, where she has held a variety of positions over the years.
Ilse taught both Adult and Children’s Art Classes at the Alberta College of Art and Design for their Continuing Education Department from 1986 until 2006 when she retired from her teaching career.
She employs both old and new quilting techniques as a foundation for her artwork. Fabrics are hand dyed, cut, torn, fused and hand or machine stitched to build her intricately multilayered 2-D and 3-D works. She uses her sewing machine needle stitches as a drawing tool and embellishes using leather, beads, buttons and other found objects. She investigates and explores the medium’s boundaries while wanting to convey a message.
She received a Canada Council Grant in 2009. In 2008 and 2009 she attended the Leighton Studios in Banff, Alberta.
To quote from the Alberta Craft Council: “Ilse Anysas-Salkauskas is one of the leaders of an Alberta revival and “contemporization” of fibre arts. She is known for a series of projects using unconventional materials and techniques to comment on issues of landscape, land use and environmental preservation.” Ilse has exhibited across Canada, the US, Korea and Japan. Her work is also in private and public collections in Canada and the U.S.