Early exposure to rare textiles from all over the world, honed my eye and trained it to pick up the subtleties of stitch and tune into the immense energy of color. I enjoy exploring and using a wide range of textile techniques and processes to create my desired outcome. I make no effort to pre-plan my pieces and don’t use patterns. I have no desire to envision the possible or predicted outcome of each piece as I begin.
Foremost I am a colorist. I extensively focus on the powerful nuances of color. I gain immense joy from color and am acutely aware of the sometimes extreme ways we each respond to color.
As I begin a piece I allow myself to react and consider every stitch and scrap of fabric for what it brings... I imagine it’s past. The cummulative journey of each collection of fibers tells it’s own story of history from the different path each has taken. Ancient kimono scraps, silk persian robe bits... vibrant pieces of Mary Quant’s fabrics from the 1960’s...all of these pieces are incorporated into my work. I am at times humbled to think of how these individual scraps have been saved by the thoughtful and frugal women of past generations. I never made a conscious decision to create. It has always been who I am, and what I do.
I began to work with metal at an early age, and have always had a deep fascination for the many forms the various alloys can take.
This fascination continues to be the inspiration for my daily work.