About Me: Dawn Piasta


Dawn Piasta is a fibre artist living in Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada.

She is inspired by playfulness and uses her artistry to awaken the memory of special moments in her life. Dawn’s subject matter reflects her unique vision of the world in which she lives; passionate, energetic and spirited. Utilizing a variety of artist techniques and textiles Dawn’s quilts are an extension of her life experiences. A vacation, a song, a person, a flower or simply a feeling. Her quilt artistry tells the stories.

Dawn’s art begins with personal photographs. Her artistic style is eclectic and constantly changing.

Much like the dragonfly, where in almost every part of the world symbolizes change and change in the perspective of self-realization; Dawn’s artistry channels her mental and emotional maturity and the understanding of the deeper meaning of life.


I started sewing when I was eight years old.  Mom gave me a book and the supplies I would need; I never looked back. I made my own clothing (that I actually wore) when I was in grade eight. Later, in my teens to meet boys in high school I offered to hem their jeans. I started quilting in 1995. For me, quilting is a great way to express my feelings for the things I love.

I am a lifelong learner and passionate motivational teacher. When I work with students, I don’t stand back and lecture about what they should be doing; as everyone has a unique perspective and that needs to be nurtured. Sometimes I feel like a cheerleader cheering each student on to a new victory or boosting morale and confidence levels.