Building #6, Studio Fiber Arts
Medium: Fiber Arts
Artist Statement: I have had an interest in fabrics and sewing since childhood but didn’t pursue it professionally until I moved to Virginia in 1977 when I began creating one-of-a kind women’s garments.
I draw inspiration from the fiber arts of many cultures and enjoy mixing techniques and reinterpreting them with an eye toward translating traditional fiber art techniques into contemporary works. I integrate many types of fibers including vintage Japanese kimono silks, contemporary and vintage Indonesian ikats, dupioni silks from Southeast Asia and Australian Aboriginal designed cottons into my garments.
Over the past few years I have developed an imaginative approach to the Japanese art of sashiko. While jus a simple running stitch, it takes great patience to follow the patterns of intersecting lines while keeping the stitches even. Over the years the stitching of these designs has become for me a quiet, meditative practice for me. I use sashiko patterns primarily on women’s garments but have branched out to apply this technique to wall hangings that reveal incorporate the signature features of my work including the use of deep indigo colored fiber, the integration of vintage kimono fabric and the stitched sashiko work which integrates the old and the new into contemporary and functional designs.