The threaded order/dis-order of fiber and form are an identifiable statement with my handwoven textiles. This work challenges the pre-conceived boundaries of symmetry revealing the contradictions and discoveries amidst a grid that becomes fluid. I use materials that give voice to the frailty and strength of life outside our everyday experiences. These seemingly disparate variables of the handweaving process present choices that allow me to share my inspiration and reaction to the world.
I knew I would be a weaver when I first stepped into a small studio on the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia in 1981. The inspiration of that first “meeting” has never stopped. Born in Indiana and relocated to central New England in the mid 1970’s, I graduated from Keene State College with a BA and quickly set up a family and homestead.
I am a self-taught weaver with 34+ years of textile experience – successes, experiments, unfinished ideas, and, yes … mistakes. My endorsement as an Arts-in-Education participant for the RI State Council on the Arts in 1996 propelled my teaching, encouraged my dreams, and has enabled me to pursue working with all ages and abilities. I currently teach at Slater Mill Museum in Rhode Island while pursuing an MFA in Artisanry at University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. I also love gardening, hiking, and swimming in the ocean early in the morning.