I don’t remember a time when I did not regularly engage in creating things. From crocheting bikinis to making garments, it seems that I have always had a few projects in progress at a time. In college I made a coat from an Army blanket and everyone wanted one! I made red satin soft sculpture pillows with sensuous lips on them. The things I collected were typically unusual things: old hairnet envelopes from the 40’s, advertisements from “True Confessions” type magazines, and sewing ephemera. Now that I make collages and mixed-media items, I know what to do with those collections!

Throughout most of my life the need to create has been just as strong as the need to eat and breathe. When bringing creative ideas to life, as decisions and obstacles appear, the brain is ready with ideas and alternatives. After studying language and learning for many years, this whole process is intriguing to me. There is not much I’d rather do than create something!

In my fiber art I try to create moods with color that soothe or stimulate. To quote Kaffe Fassett, why use one shade of red when you can use 17? More recently I have been exploring diverse techniques to create texture, from manipulating fabric with a needle felting machine to couching yarns on the surface. The garments I create are designed to provide comfort and create visual statements. It pleases me when they initiate conversations and interactions I would not likely have otherwise engaged in. I am highly influenced by the beauty of the local flora and fauna and I try to incorporate natural themes into my work.