An inspired life is one where the creative spirit lives.
By using embroidery, machine stitching, and fabric applique I combine the tropes and techniques of traditional female home-based arts into my own art form. I am drawn to these techniques both because of their tactile and expressive qualities, and because these humble domestic crafts are for me the perfect vehicle to express the issues of personal growth that inform my work.
My imagination is fueled by memories of the past and interactions in the present. I make use of reclaimed and vintage fabrics, old clothing, and broken jewelry to create new work from old artifacts. It is the process of first deconstructing the old and then designing the new that prompts me to understand the often obscure connections between the past and the present. My designs arise out of this understanding. I cut and sew to create a narrative and present my finished work in the form of a 16"x16" stuffed pillow.
The methods for construction of a pillow have changed very little over the centuries. I am seated at a table, and work with thread, scissors, pins, and fabric. I use polyneon Maidera thread, and a Bernina 603 sewing machine to create strong durable pillows. The process becomes complete when a viewer holds the pillow and becomes part of the narrative.