Dorothy Caldwell was born in Bethesda, Maryland, United States and immigrated to Canada in 1972. She lives and works in Hastings, Ontario, and has held an active studio practice for over 25 years. She is a graduate of Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia. Her work has been influenced by her travels in India, Japan and Australia and contact with native fibre works. She started as a painter and has excelled as textile artist. Her stitching has used the white on indigo sashiko style, as practiced in Japan, or the patterned Indian kantha style. She was a recipient of the Prix Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in 1990 and a nominee for Governor General’s Award, 2003. Her striking textile works have been exhibited across Canada, United States and Australia and held in permanent collections by the Museum of Arts and Design, Permanent Collection in New York, New York, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Gatineau, Quebec, and the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Ottawa, Ontario.