Fiber welcomes my hand to mark its surface and offers immediate tactile and visual excitement. My work process is intuitive and encourages spontaneity and experimentation. I build my pieces with successive layering of fabric and thread, embellished with hand and machine stitching. I use dye, textile pigment, and thread in color and mark making and use painting, screen-printing, and incorporation of text and found objects to create complexity of image and texture as I build the surface design on the cloth. Each successive layer of color or line influences the next, as I explore the interplay of marks absorbed within the fiber of the cloth with marks and texture placed on the cloth. This organic way of working produces a sense of movement in the work. Nature's forms and patterns are prominent motifs in my work, providing a visual language for exploring human experience. Life-space moments and events in our greater world often become occasions for exploring the inner space of feeling, memory, and fantasy, and myth. My work honors the resilience and strength of the human spirit and celebrates energy and spontaneity.
I am primarily self-taught as an artist. I have studied surface design techniques in workshops and classes at Arrowmont School of Art and Meredith College. My work has been exhibited in galleries and juried exhibitions, both solo and group, throughout the eastern United States.
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