Frances Dorsey was born in the southern United States and settled in Canada. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, has a diploma from the Ontario College of Art and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan. Dorsey works primarily with dye and print processes, and weaves backgrounds upon which she then prints. She uses natural dyes, extracts, earth oxides and explores ways of dying cloth and yarn in a sustainable way. Some of her pieces are large in scale, layered, and constructed through numerous textile processes. War is a frequent theme in her art. Her work has been supported by the grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council. She was the inaugural recipient of the Lillian Elliott Award and served as co-chair of the 2006 Textile Society of America Biennial Symposium held in Toronto. Her work has appeared in solo exhibitions at Eye Level Gallery, Eastern Edge Gallery, and Anna Leonowens Gallery. She has also taken part in significant group exhibitions at the MSVU Art Gallery and the Centre des Textiles Contemporains de Montreal. Her work can be found at the Canada Council Art Bank, the Nova Scotia Art Bank and in private collections.