Shirley Ivison

3-Dimensional Fabric Art

Olde World Santas
Shirley's art features her detailed and life-like Olde World Santas and fabric ducks.

She works with great detail as seen in the costumes and accessories of her Santas, which depict Santa Legends from around the world.

Ever Green
A Santa from the Classic Collection
by Shirley Ivison
North Woods Santa
'Pere Noel'
A Santa from the Legends Collection
by Shirley Ivison
Pere Noel face
'North Woods Santa'
A possible Canadian Santa
by Shirley Ivison
Fabric Ducks
Shirley's attraction to the beauty of colourful wild ducks inspired her to experiment with creating life-sized renditions. Her ducks are created from her adaptations of original, carved, decoy patterns into patterns to be used for sewing.
ruddy duck
'Ruddy Duck'
by Shirley Ivison
hooded merganser
'Hooded Merganser'
by Shirley Ivison
wood duck
'Wood Duck"
by Shirley Ivison
4167 Hwy. 37  RR2 Roslin ON  K0K 2Y0
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Shirley's Achievements


Shirley has had an interest in crafts, (mostly fabric oriented) and pencil sketching since childhood. She is basically self taught with the help of a few related fibre/textile workshops.

For the past 26 years, Shirley has developed her Santa figurative art to become very collectable. She has shipped Santas from coast to coast to coast, (yes, even to Inuvik N.W.T), in Canada; extensively across the USA, to the UK, Australia, Japan and others.

To assist in promoting her Santas, she enroled in an online HTML course through Loyalist College to learn how to create and maintain her own website and eventually five others, including the Tweed & Area Studio Tour and The Tweed & Area Arts Council.

For the last 12 years she has supported the "Tweed Festival of Trees" by donating a decorated Christmas wreath, usually featuring one of her Olde World Santas.

In 2009, she was selected to make a presentation about her Santas on the CTV show "Regional Contact"

In 2014, Shirley was invited to write an article on her Santas by Stampington & Company, a publishing company in California, for Art Doll Quarterly Magazine.

Currently, she is still involved in the creation of her Santas and takes some time to indulge in another passion, quilt art. Two of her pieces, (The Old Tweed Mill & Houston House), have been donated to the Tweed & Area Heritage Centre.


Expressions, Belleville ON: 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013 (both Santas & Quilt Art)


Olde World Santas:
It disappoints me that the world seems to be keen to adopt the present day North American Santa, (a commercial creation), in place of the charming, legendary Christmas characters of centuries ago. In my own small way, I strive to keep the old Christmas legends alive with my interpretations of the Olde World Santas.
Quilt Art:
Planning a quilt art project and creating it, allows time to stand still for me. It is such a fulfilling and absorbing process, that it is difficult to remember to eat!

Shirley ivison