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She was a photographer who couldn’t see her art, but this Vancouver woman found a medium that touches her

Felting gave Patty White a creative outlet, making scarves, vests, hats and painted silks

By Alexis Weisend, Columbian staff reporter
Published: September 30, 2023, 6:10am
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Visually impaired artist Patty White uses a strong handheld magnifier with a light to look over a felt hat she created in her Vancouver studio.
Visually impaired artist Patty White uses a strong handheld magnifier with a light to look over a felt hat she created in her Vancouver studio. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

Although Patty White’s eyes don’t see well, they light up when she describes her artistic process.

In her earlier years, the 77-year-old Vancouver resident internationally exhibited her experimental photography, in which she captured still life arrangements of translucent fabric and then painted the black-and-white prints.

But for many years of her life, she was an artist unable to see her art.

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