Sylvia Naylor is a Canadian fibre artist and educator. She began her career in England, as a teacher, before moving to Canada. She has taught thread and paint related workshops in Canada, the USA and England.
Her art work has evolved over the years. There was a period when she was making ecclesiastical hangings but more recently her work has been inspired by the natural landscape. In these representational embroideries she uses free motion machine embroidery on her own dyed and painted fabrics.
Sylvia loves to experiment with paints and stitches which has led to quilt art pieces and collages which combine paper and hand and free machine embroidery.
Her beautiful embroideries using free motion machine embroidery are worked on her dyed and painted fabric. Sylvia finds the inspiration for her work everywhere but her love of the natural world predominates.
She has won numerous awards and has been featured in many publications including; Quilting Arts, '500 Art Quilts' Lark Publishing, '1000 Artisan Art Textiles' Quarry Press, ‘Adventures in Design’ by Joen Wolfrom and ‘Machine Quilting Unlimited’.
Sylvia's works have been shown in galleries in Canada, the UK, USA and Germany. Works are also in private collections in many parts of the world.