“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.” -Herman Melville
I combine my affections for textiles, found and recycled materials, and my concerns as a woman, parent, immigrant and American. Every project is an opportunity to impart a message and create original work.
I appreciate the slow stitch of handmade items and the craftsmanship nurtured over many years or even in one's entire lifetime. Quilts come to mind.
The American history of quilting inspire me. So as not to waste a single fabric scrap, remnant pieces were sewn together in thoughtful designs — utilitarian yet beautiful and deeply personal. I also regard quilting bees of the past where the community came together to help as well as engage their neighbors. Quilts serve as a fine example of the human connection in many layers.
On my studio table…
Currently I’m working on a volunteer project that will assist women overcome sexual violence in Mali, Africa. In this initiative, Sister Artists, I’m creating an art quilt that incorporates an embroidered panel made by one of these women survivors. Read more and view photos.
I am so pleased that my recent project Seeing Shapes was accepted by SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) for the upcoming Global Exhibition ‘Musica!’— Juror: Joe Cunningham. My focus is on the importance of school music programs for our kids. This exhibit will premiere at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky in March 2020, and then travel to additional venues through 2022.
Earlier this year, my work House Home Hive Habitat was accepted by SAQA for the Global Exhibition ‘Connecting Our Natural Worlds’ — Juror: Holly Swangstu. Conservation is immensely important to me and guides every one of my projects. In the fall, this exhibit will debut at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, Arizona (running October 5, 2019 - January 5, 2020) and travel to other venues for 3 years .
Last year I was delighted to discover that my first-time submission to a SAQA’s call for entry was accepted. My piece Line Study is included in the ‘Metamorphosis’ Global Exhibition — Juror: David Hornung. I had just taken my second workshop on basketweaving and was inspired to apply these techniques on an unconventional material. This exhibit continues to travel to various venues and will conclude at the end of 2021.
International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX: November 8-11, 2018
International Quilt Festival, Chicago, IL: March 28-30, 2019
Quilt Canada, Ottawa, Ontario: June 12-15, 2019
AQS Quiltweek Grand Rapids, MI: August 21-24, 2019
AQS Quiltweek Fall Paducah, KY: September 11-14, 2019
AQS Quiltweek Charleston, SC: September 25-27, 2019
Additional venue and schedule information are forthcoming.