|ARTIST BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH: ||Wendy Toogood is a textile artist and educator known for her vibrant and distinct cloth constructions. Her fabric collages often revolve around her daily experiences and recording the events of her life. Within narrow restrictions of scale and format, Toogood displays a range of textile effects, and their overall graphic style is bold and recalls elements found in comic strips. Her collages map the world of everyday, and every stitch explores ideas of integrity, memory, and self-reflection.
Toogood graduated from the Alberta College of Art + Design in 1969, and did post graduate work at the Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico in 1970. After time in Toronto and touring Europe, she returned to Calgary in 1974 and worked primarily in the fibre department at the Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD) until her retirement in 2006.
Toogood was awarded the designation of Lecturer Emeritus by ACAD in 2009, and received an alumni award of excellence. She has completed a number of public commissions, has had frequent solo and group exhibitions, and is represented in numerous private and public collections throughout Canada, the USA, and Europe.
She lives in Nakusp, British Columbia, with her partner, artist Don Mabie.