I am a fiber artist living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. My works have been featured in invitational and
juried gallery shows and fine art/craft shows throughout the country. My work has been purchased and installed in
institutions such as Epic Corporation in Madison, WI, and the Milton Hershey
Medical Center in Hershey, PA. I have done
commissioned works for Salford Mennonite Meetinghouse in Harleysville, PA,
Souderton Mennonite Homes in Souderton, PA, Garden Spot Village in New Holland,
PA, and Penn Foundation in Sellersville, PA.
Originally coming from a music background with degrees in
piano performance, I have had a long music teaching career. My quilting has only become the focus of my work in the last 12 years.
Having spent my first 15 years
in Japan as a child of missionaries, my work is greatly influenced by my childhood surroundings.
I primarily use hand dyed or
painted cottons, silks and nonwovens but also have a love of Asian fabrics and
kimono silks, incorporating these ancient traditional fabrics into my
compositions. Use of sheers, couching and fabric paints give a sense of depth
and texture. Slightly curving lines portray gracefulness and circles are often
present representing wholeness and creativity.
My art business has been designated as a "Trusted Art Seller" with The Art Storefronts Organization, which means you can shop with confidence, and know that I stand behind the quality and value of my products.
My inspiration comes from observing the world around me as well as exploring the world of my childhood. We have recently moved to center city Philadelphia and I derive great energy from living in vibrant surroundings which I love incorporating into my art.
My fiber art employs both traditional quilting techniques such as piecing and applique as well as contemporary applications such as fusing, couching, use of textile paint and non-wovens. I also incorporate the use of digital images printed on silk.
I've won multiple awards at quilt shows as well as art shows. My work has been in various publications including Art Quilting Studio Magazine, Winter 2018, Spring 2020, Summer 2021. I lecture and teach about my art techniques to quilting guilds nationally and online at artfulquiltingandsewing.com.
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