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  Marilyn Preus is a member of the Annapolis Valley Quilt Guild and a juried member of the Nova Scotia Designer Craft Council. She opens her studio to visitors in the summer as part of the Bear River Working Studios.

Marilyn has had a long-time interest in textiles, having begun sewing as a child. In 1968-69, while dithering as to whether to go to McGill graduate school, she obtained a night school certificate in designing women's apparel.

After a career as a Ph.D. Clinical Geneticist at McGill and Memorial University, she studied civil and common law at McGill and qualified for the Quebec and Nova Scotia Bar.

In a state of irresolution, she began spending more time at her husband Clarke's ancestral home in Bear River and seriously began hands-on renovation. During the Montreal winters of 1997-98, she began a few art courses at the Saide Bronfman Centre. The isolation and beauty of Bear River proved alluring as she cast about for the next move. She began adding to her stash of silk remnants from remainder and used clothing stores. In 1999, she moved to Bear River and designed her first quilt. Two years later she showed eight pieces at Arts Place in Annapolis Royal, N.S. Her show "Silk Journey" captivated its audience by veering from the common perception of quilts into the bold.

Some of her various works have been shown at the Mary E. Black Gallery in Halifax. Through her business, Silk Journey, she has works across Canada and in the U.S. and England.

Quilting proved to be the intellectual, artistic, and spiritual journey to suit her needs. Join us in the silk journey.


Marilyn Preus
Silk Journey
R R #1 Bear River
Nova Scotia, B0S 1B0
(902) 467-3035

Silk Journey Studio at 81 Chute Road.
Studio is generally open from mid May to mid October
by appointment or chance.

 Photograph by Tim Wilson