Artist Statement

I've been passionate about textiles since I began sewing at age 8. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, wool was a mainstay for warm clothing and the topic for my 4th grade science project. Later, I earned my degrees in apparel and textiles--and taking art classes whenever possible. Today I'm still fascinated by the world of textiles, fashion, and clothing construction -- and continue to appreciate the many qualities of wool.

I use Australian merino wool for its fine texture and softness; novelty fibers are sometimes added for an element of dimension and surprise. The wool top is already dyed but I use it as if I were mixing paints for highlights, shading, variegation, and color theory. I also like to play with negative space in my design layout.

Mother Nature, walks, and travel inspire endless ideas for color combinations, shapes, patterns, and details. I also like to push the boundaries of my medium to  see its many possibilities. Once an idea gels and I listen to it, each piece develops its own personna.

My scarves are Nuno felted into silk gauze or chiffon; this added fabric enables them to be lightweight with drape, and still warm. I enjoy experimenting with textures, graphic designs, and color combinations to convey a mood.

My vessel sculptures are a more recent direction and through them, I've explored 3-D work and developed a wide range of self-taught techniques. Everything is felted as one, so, a needle and thread are rarely needed.

 

Footnote "OOPS!": What the heck is felting??? In short, when wool fibers are agitated in hot, soapy water, they'll eventually shrink and form a dense fabric. Wet felting by hand is meditative, s-l-o-w, low-tech, physical, a very old process--and magical. The woolly fibers might look delicate, but when they hook and tangle together they form a very strong textile called, "felt".