Marlene Dorrington began quiltmaking after her retirement from the Michelin Tire plant in Stellarton in 1993. Like her daughter Myla Borden (also in this exhibition), she was taught the basics of quiltmaking by Frances Dorrington (her sister).
In 1994 she joined the Northumberland Quilting Guild. Dorrington is a traditional quiltmaker known for her precise cutting and sewing and her mastery of traditional quilt patterns. Lately, she has been integrating African fabrics and using vibrant colour compositions in her quilts.
Her quilts were exhibited in When Black Women Useta Fly (2002) and Our Ancestor’s Garden (2007). She is a member of BANNS, Northumberland Quilters Guild and the Vale Road Quiltmakers Collective of New Glasgow.
New Glasgow, NS since the 1990s