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Gallery Owner

Fiber Artist

In fiber arts, I have truly found my niche. I love the process of studying weave structures, getting out draft paper, and colored pencils to sketch out designs, then choosing an impasto of colored fibers inspired by nature and my travels to be combined with fibers I've dyed or hand-painted to create a unique textile. By adding embellishments and texture through the use of alternative fibers and natural or vintage objects I produce a collaged piece teaming with color ranging from subtle earthy tones to bright sunny jeweled hues. My textiles whether functional or artistic, always reflect atmospheres, energies, and moods teeming with humanness, frivolity, and the patina of life. The look and feel of a handmade textile, the textures, and color all inspire my creations. Each piece forms a bridge across time, people, places, and cultures resulting in an expression of my unique artistic vision. As layers are added, some details are obscured, some are accentuated, some are embellished, and new ones simply appear. The successive layers of my process are refined and eventually articulate the voice of the piece resulting in a multi-dimensional work of depth and dimension with bold design and fine detail. Like the world around us, my art is a multilayered study of color, pattern, light, and texture. I love creating beautiful textiles but more importantly, I hope that my textiles envoke feelings, memories, and expressions of joy and hope.