About me as an Artist

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playing with wool

With a lifelong love of using my hands to create, I began exploring mixed media working with textiles, broken car glass, and found objects in the early 1990’s. I discovered felt in 2011 and fell in love. I work with raw fibers (wool, alpaca, silk) exploring sculptural art: vessels; wrapped found objects, stones, and driftwood; and larger pieces including rugs, wall art, sculpture, and game boards; I also make wearable art: nuno-felt scarves and dresses (using silk, cotton textiles, and fiber), bags, and hats.

Wet felting goes back 8,000 years.  I primarily work using the wet felting technique layering raw fibers, then using soap, water, and agitation to create felt. I am conscious of the craft at play, of my experience of the materials, and of the evolution of the felt work. I gather inspiration from my experiences, from nature, and from other artists’ work. I work to create objects of beauty which are satisfyingly tactile and which nourish the soul.

2018 was the Year of Botanical thinking — after studies in botanical printing and natural dyeing I participated in a group show in Ireland and a solo show in Portland,  ME. In 2017 I participated in a group show in Iceland and had a solo show at Oliva Gallery (Chicago, IL).  I have been awarded residencies at Textílsetur (Blönduòs, Iceland, 2017) and Blueberry View Artist Retreat (Benton Harbor, MI, 2011).  In other media I have participated in group shows at Judy Saslow Gallery (Chicago, IL) and  The Drawing Room (Portland, ME). I offered works to many fundraising auctions since 1997. I have participated in several Felter’s Fling retreats as well as a many masterclasses with international felt artists.