I love color and pattern, and the processes of dyeing and weaving enable me to immerse myself
in both. I can hold color in my hand as I use the shibori technique to dye patterns on white fabric
that is then stripped into half inch widths. I feel the tactile qualities of the strips as they are thread-
ed onto a four harness loom. The weft is also hand dyed half inch strips of fabric and a rhythm
develops as I pass it over and under the warp. In this way, I organize and challenge the way I visually
interpret the world around me’s beauty, mystery, quirks and life’s capacity to change direction
unexpectedly. Subtleties, complexities, the illusion of layers and depth, new colors and compositions
emerge from the basic plain weave structure. Some interactions are obvious and others become
visible upon lingering contemplation. I draw inspiration from historic and contemporary textiles from
many cultures and time periods, as well as from rhythms and hues in the natural and built landscape.
Learning to sew at age 10 sparked my love of textiles. After exploring a variety of textile techniques
during and after college (University of Michigan, BFA), I learned to weave on a floor loom in 1975. I
was drawn to the structural possibilities of the process, and was intrigued by the development of
color through the interaction of warp and weft. While my graduate work (University of Kansas, MFA
in Textile Design) focused on surface design, I returned to the loom while holding administrative
and curatorial positions with non-profit arts organizations, universities and galleries in Vermont,
Maine and North Carolina. I taught color theory and managed the art galleries at Meredith College
in Raleigh, NC from 2001-2014. Since that time I have been a full time studio artist.
I have had 2-person exhibitions at the Gregg Museum of Art & Design in Raleigh, NC and the Wilson
(NC) Arts Council, and have been in national juried shows at the Mesa (AZ) Center for Contemporary
Art, Denton (TX) Art Center and the Peters Valley Craft School in Layton, NJ. My weavings are owned
by the City of Raleigh, and Levine Cancer Center and Carolinas Healthcare in Charlotte, NC, and are in
numerous private collections. Awards include a 2013 Open Studio Residency at Haystack Mountain
School of Crafts and Regional Artist Fellowships from the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake
County in 2010 and 2014.
For information and images about my process, see these interviews:
The weavings are attached with Velcro to a wooden bar that can either be suspended from picture rail
or screwed into the wall.
Fiber reactive dyes, which chemically bond the pigment to the cloth fiber, are used. These dyes are more
fade-resistant and less hazardous than other dyes, but, as with any textiles, direct light should be avoided.
To clean, remove from the wall and shake out the dust, or vacuum with low suction.