Dowdney, Donna Lee

Studio: Donna Lee Dowdney's Studio
Studio Address: 12594 NE Winter View Lane, Bainbridge Island
Community: Bainbridge Island
Phone: 206-780-2189, 360-490-0176
Media: textiles, mixed media

Past exhibits and events with Northwind

2017 Showcase artist (click to see all 2017 artists)

Artist Statement

I like to capture the moment with bold, saturated colors using multiple fabrics, free-motion stitching, embroidery, thread painting, applique, beading, collage, dying, painting, needle felting, stamping, and other surface design techniques. My fractal-inspired designs explode into the infinite universe and implode to microscopic size. After creating fractals on my computer, I re-create them on fabric and use embroidery and beading to enhance the designs.

Nature’s dance of life inspires my art as I manipulate fabrics and embellish them to reveal light, movement, and color. My designs encircle, spiral, branch, and wander as they simulate the universe. Underwater creatures writhe and struggle while my invented biological microcosm zooms in on life and its turbulent, irregular, twisting patterns. Landscapes, seascapes, and florals draw visitors into seeing nature's beauty in new ways. There is no limit to nature’s inspiration in its amazing layered networks!


For eight years I studied art, design, and fabrics through the Center for Creative Arts in La Conner, Washington, from which I received a diploma in 2014. Since then my art appeared in three Bainbridge Island Studio Tours, Bainbridge Arts & Crafts, Port Angeles Library, Columbia Bank, Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce, Center for Creative Arts, and Art at the Pointe. Previously my art also appeared in the Schack Art Center, Winslow Art Center, and the Virginia Mason Medical Clinic. For several months in 2015, the Verksted Gallery in Poulsbo, Washington, displayed my art.

My master’s degree in Comparative Literature, archaeological fieldwork, extensive European and Middle Eastern travel, and technical communications career stimulates my inspiration as I create art.

Gallery Affiliations

In 2015 the Verksted Gallery in Poulsbo, WA represented my fabric and mixed media wall art pieces. Exhibits have included three Bainbridge Island Studio Tours, Bainbridge Arts & Crafts (BARN at BAC), Port Angeles Library, Columbia Bank, Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce, Center for Creative Arts (several exhibits), Art at the Pointe (Hartstene Pointe), Winslow Art Center, and Virginia Mason Medical Clinic.

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