I made my first quilt over 25 years ago. Textiles have
always had a hold over me – the texture, colors, and tactile quality of fiber.
As a feminist from an early age, I’ve always appreciated women’s quilting
tradition – the collaborative process, comfort in sharing our lives through
cloth, support for each other in our personal as well as artistic growth and a
shared passion to express ourselves through textiles.
Textiles are expressions of people’s lives. In contemporary society, textiles and quilts
are a tactile expression of our world around us. My quilts often reflect my visual impressions
of time, place and atmosphere of places I’ve traveled. I have often
chosen countries to travel in based on their textiles; those traditions as well
as the colors, sound and “feel” of a place are always present in my mind as I
approach a new piece. Recently I have been exploring
texture, color and design through experimenting with dying my own fabric using
many types of traditional shibori techniques. I strive to create harmony and
visual interest by the synergy of these elements. New pieces evolve in a very
organic process, often starting with one piece of fabric and grow from there.