Artist Statement: I have been working in fiber ever since I can remember. I have always been fascinated with the texture and feel of fabrics, yarns and various fibers. I began working with silk in 1992 and creating one-of-a-kind pieces which include: vests, shawls, scarves, jackets, and kimonos. I especially enjoy using various types of silks (of which there are many) and a variety of silk painting techniques to create a single piece of clothing.
General Information: All of my work employs a type of silk-dyeing known a "shibori." Shibori is an ancient Japanese form of dyeing which involves a variety of bound-resist techniques. The binding can include anything from stitching, clamping, rolling, scrunching, folding - just about anything you can imagine. After "binding" a piece of silk, I apply dye to resist the bindings. Unfolding a piece of shibori-dyed fabric is like unwrapping a gift. It is always a surprise.
I draw my inspiration and solace from frequent trips into the mountains and canyonlands of the West and Southwest. I currently live in Colorado Springs with my husband and three children.