I am a textile artist who lives in Portland, Oregon with my husband of 40+ years and an adorable Labradoodle, Scooter. I am the Group Communications Administrator for the Surface Design Association.
A graduate of Cornell University, I also have an MS from Pennsylvania State University in Clothing and Textiles. I began quilting in 2000, after retiring, and love to work in the abstract and find inspiration from the natural beauty around me.
My art quilts have been juried into several local and national textile art shows. I have done commissions for churches and private collections. My work has been published in the book Creative Quilting…The Journal Quilt Project, edited by Karey Bresenhan, and in several magazines.
I am coauthor with 11 others of the book, Twelve by Twelve, The International Art Quilt Challenge. For four years, we each made a 12x12 inch quilted art piece on a designated theme or palette. The 288 quilts are currently on tour with the International Quilt Festival.
I am drawn to creating my own fabrics. I really love to change the surface of a fabric in some way. After I have dyed or painted fabric, I use several different techniques such as screen printing, painting, stamping and discharging. Discharging involves removing dye from fabric in a pattern using bleach or Thiox.
I still use some commercial fabrics. I prefer batiks with an abstract motif or fabrics with geometric designs — circles, dots, lines, squares, etc. You will often find antique Japanese textiles in my collage work.
I belong to the following organizations:
Columbia Fiberarts Guild
Twelve by Twelve, The International Art Quilt Challenge
Studio Art Quilt Associates
Surface Design Association
International Quilter’s Society
Quilt Art Network
Association of Pacific West Quilters