Pyra Draculea is a multidisciplinary artist living on the West Coast of Canada.
Her paternal grandparents were a tailor and a seamstress respectively, and Draculea grew up with an interest in sewing, albeit rather messy and uncoordinated results for the first couple of decades.
In her 20s she began to learn how to sew properly, teaching herself to quilt from books (and tacking a queen-sized bed quilt as her first project because that’s just how she rolls) and learning to sew clothing through night courses put on by the Vancouver School Board in topics ranging from pattern drafting to Victorian corsetry to trash couture and upcycled fashion.
Upon moving to Vancouver Island in her late 30s, Draculea began quilting with a fury, and has taken various workshops at local shops and through local guilds. She also got back to a childhood interest in embroidery, focussing mainly on cross-stitch but also beading and canvaswork.
Draculea often dyes her own fabrics for embroidery backgrounds or if she can’t find just the right shade for her quilts. She has taught guildmates how to do low immersion dyeing of aida cloth as well as how to use fabric spray paints.
A former co-leader of the Nanaimo Modern Quilt Guild, she has a particular interest in improvisational quilting, abstracted art quilting, and crazy quilting. She has also dipped her tow in the cross-stitch design world, but currently that is on hold due to illustration and mixed media painting projects, some of which involve textiles and embroidery.
For more information, see the main website pyradraculea.com or check out the various projects and portfolios linked in the side menu.