The journey in fiber arts is an exciting one, always changing and challenging, never staying still always in motion, such as Nature. A small shell or rock, a unusual twig, a beautiful leaf filled with holes where insects have fed always fill my pockets while on a walk. Nature has always played an important part in identifying who I am as an artist and person. My mind is like a butterfly dancing from one flower to another. New ideas, new techniques, pushing the boundaries, and experimenting are always there pollinating, ready to try.
Using unusual non traditional fabrics continues to delight me, ranging from my ice dyed silks to burlap. Any fiber is fair game ranging from the humble cheesecloth to the finest silks. Upcyled clothing, thrift store finds, clothing off the back of friends, paints and embellishments find their way into my work. I am very much enjoying doing three dimensional work. The sewing machine is my paint brush.
Over many years I have collected textiles while traveling. It could be a torn doily, a fragment of chicken feed sack, a belt from Guatemala or Peru, bits and pieces of the lives of unknown women. Feeling very connected to the unknown artist, my work is evolving again, joining together with theirs giving new life and new purpose to the pieces. I feel a tremendous connection to these women, there is a peace, a tranquility, I feel their smiles as we are “Sisters of the Cloth”.
My fiber art can be found at the Hub on Canal, New Smyrna Beach, Florida.