Fabric is my canvas. My art works are originally designed, handcrafted bags and tote accessories. Taking a flat cloth surface I cut and sew, shaping it into a unique piece of wearable art. I finish my masterpieces by embroidering with decorative metallic threads, felting with variegated yarns and brushstrokes of rainbow paints.
My fiber art pieces come from many sources of inspiration. The fabric can call to me with its voice of texture or pattern or color. A design may ignite my creativity offering a technical challenge bringing a feeling of successful completion. And frequently, I will sketch my vision then work it into a uniquely functional design to stitch. My travels throughout the US and beyond provide exposure to many different creative cultural palettes from which to draw.
Growing up, my Grandmother proved to be a source of creative inspiration. Often her long dining room table was covered in garden fabric colors and traditional quilting patterns. I watched as the fabric littered table top turned into quilt top designs. Because of my Grandmother’s creativity and skill, an amazing quilt would provide beauty, warmth and comfort of a special handcrafted piece. As part of my genetic pool, I draw upon my Grandmother’s genes when creating unique handbags and tote bags fashioning wearable art, well designed and highly functional.