Back in my college days, I took a fateful day trip to an Amish community. Little did I know how I would fall in love with the quilts on display there. I couldn't wait to come home and get started, because of course that was what all the cool college kids were doing, right? Although my work today is nothing like those Amish quilts I first saw, my art is still rooted in the tradition of craftsmanship of painstakingly putting together bits and pieces of fabric to create a piece of artwork. A quilt is a piece of art that is so much more than the sum of its pieces.
It wasn't too long after I started that I began to dye my own fabric. What was available to me at the time (small florals were the rage) didn't suit my taste. Fabric designs have evolved, and I love to use commercially printed fabric mixed in with my own dyed cloth. I expanded to dyeing and printing flour sack towels because I would get many requests for the beautiful fabrics to be used and enjoyed by non quilters. Everyone needs a little eye candy for their kitchen!
What is my style? I wish I could answer that. The simplest answer is ecclectic. I love modern and contemporary, and yet I love old traditional quilts. The collision of modern and traditional is fantastic. I love layering patterns in a variety of surface design techniques. By day, I work in the construction industry, by night I dye and print, sew, and teach workshops. With a degree in engineering, I am drawn to lines and angles, yet the right brain side of me is strong and I have a need to create. When I find inspiration, I work ferverantly until I exhaust myself on a theme.