Fabric and fiber have always been a part of my life, as a seamstress, quilter and hand weaver. While I enjoyed traditional quilting, I soon found it too confining. Moving to central Ohio and being introduced to the Art Quilt movement, I realized that this was the direction I needed to take.
In college I had studied photography, inspired by the colors and patterns of nature. It has been a natural progression to use my photographs as the inspiration for many of my quilts, expressing not only reality but emotion. The last fifteen years have been a creative journey for me letting inspiration be my guide and progressing from realistic to abstract. My quilts do not have a common theme, nor am I patient enough for series – though maybe someday!
Most of my pieces are irregular in shape and contain hand-dyed, painted and commercial fabrics, with various forms of surface design and embellishment. The technique and fabric selection is dictated by the emotion waiting to be expressed.
As I look at my quilting now, I don’t think I could ever go back inside the box.