Textile art covers a broad spectrum. My work represents a journey to create a form completely different from most textile art.
Layers of hand dyed, painted, silk screened fabric and occasionally paper, are all stitched together on a firm surface. Sturdy like a canvas, but not a canvas. Mounted to be dimensional.
Not quilts, not paintings, but something in between, something more unusual. But still grounded in the tactile quality of textiles.
I love to sew. I always have. I took my first sewing class at age 11. I was hooked and within a few years had my own sewing machine and serger.
Mainly self taught, I made prom dresses, funky clothes and even a quilt while I was in high school (my best friend and her mother also sewed, so that's what I did for fun in the afternoons). I learned a lot while attending FIDM in Los Angeles as a fashion design major, where my passion for dramatic design was born!
But my love for fabric and anything textile related comes from the years I spent working in a fabric store. Folding, touching, and cutting fabrics all while imagining what beautiful things could be made from them filled me with such happiness.
After getting married and moving to Texas I became very involved in belly dance and making dance costumes. Eventually sequin burnout (there is such a thing as too many sequins!) led me to plain weave quilting cottons for my fabric fix. Traditional patchwork quilting led to me making my own patterns, then to creating art quilts and eventually to where I am now, creating textile art that goes in a whole new direction.
Nowadays my fabric fix comes in a beautiful bolt of white fabric. Either silk or cotton, any weave or weight. But I want to be able to dye it, paint it, stamp it, stitch it and create my own fabric to bring to life all of my greatest artistic dreams!