Shamina Senaratne

Interdisciplinary artist working in fibre, mixed media, text


Meditations on Making and the Maker

Shamina Senaratne
April 1 - 30, 2017
Opening Reception, April 1, 2017, 2-4pm
Artist in Residence, April 24 - 30, 2017
FibreWorks Studio and Gallery, 12887 Sunshine Coast Highway, Madiera Park, BC
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Christie Lim and Shamina Senaratne
May 23 - July 11, 2015
Opening Reception, May 23, 2015, 2-5pm
Evergreen Cultural Centre, Coquitlam BC
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the straight, critics' pick


March 17 - May 17, 2015 (exhibition extended)
Opening Reception, March 17, 2015
Il Museo, The Italian Cultural Centre, Vancouver
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Edge of the Forest

April 20-May 4th, 2015
Art Square Gallery, Toronto, ON
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Edge of the Forest

June 4-July 9, 2015
John M. Parrot Gallery Belleville, ON

Edge of the Forest

August 15 – October 18, 2015 prior to & during Fibre Arts 2015 Conference,
Woody Point, Newfoundland

About Shamina

Shamina’s textile art explores how we witness and narrate the world; how we are or are not able to thread fragments together, edit, and revise, to create meaning and coherence; and how our stories in fact contain both what is said and left unsaid. She is interested in intercultural interaction and questions of identity, self, other and community.

Place, texture, pattern, cultural practice, language, spaces between, what is made/ what is unmade, seen/unseen… all these inform the narratives she makes space for. Her work is document, testament, meditation, invocation, which she approaches as a poet, an archivist, an observer, a participant.

In various media and settings, Shamina has lead mini-workshops for adults and children to explore their creativity and is available to instruct workshops for school children, youth and adults. Contact her to find out more.


Shamina has studied a range of textile and mixed media arts, and also has a BA in Communications and Public History from Simon Fraser University. Her studies in textile design, colour theory, dye techniques, surface design and needlework have been through independent research and exploration, through annual workshops and the Maiwa Textile Symposia. Textile and contemporary artists she has studied with include Dorothy Caldwell, Kerr Grabowski, Daniella Woolf, Charllotte Kwon, Carol Soderlund, Michael Brennand-Wood and the Quilters of Gees Bend.

Shamina’s text based music and performances have been performed at Sonic Boom, Women in View Festival and the Kiss Project. As a writer, in the 90s and early 2000s she did many readings of her fiction and poetry at Asian Heritage Month, and various festival, community, library, gallery and bookstore events in Vancouver, Seattle and Toronto. As a member of Seven Sisters, she appeared at the Vancouver International Festival of Writers and Readers in 1998 and 2003. Her writing was published in anthologies such as North West Edge, Lady Driven and Seven Sisters, and in literary journals such as West Coast Line and Dandelion.

Her mixed media quadriptych “a Q?, 2010, was purchased by Simon Fraser University Gallery, for the University President’s Boardroom, Strand Hall.

Her textile works have been included in such important group exhibitions as To Visit the Tiger at the Vancouver Community Arts Council Gallery (1992), Artropolis 93 in Vancouver (1993), Desh Pardesh (Toronto, 1994) where she was also artist-in-residence, and The Return of the Tiger at the Pendulum Gallery (2003). Her recent work has been exhibited in various shows in BC, across Canada and in the US.

Shamina is a member of the Vancouver Guild of Fibre Arts and Surface Design Association.