I am a fiber artist and quiltmaker whose work honors the tradition and craft of quiltmaking but seeks to give quilts a new respect as an art object in a post-modern context.
I like to use both traditional and improvisational piecing methods (an unplanned, loosely controlled process) in my work.
Questions that inform my practice and thought process around my quilts and my color and fabric choices include:
What is “ugly” or “offensive”? What could choices could I make (via fabric, design, or color choice) that might push the commonly accepted notions of “taste” and “acceptability”? Can I produce an end product that succeeds in transcending those notions? That supersedes ugly and becomes “beautiful” instead? What is valuable? I experiment with colorways and levels of saturation in color to push the limits of good taste. I want to create a power clash, with insistent color and pattern juxtapositions that excite the eye.
I deliberately utilize a mix of new and used textiles in my work. The used fabrics are recycled, discarded clothing, and unused cuts of vintage yardage sourced from secondhand stores. Sourcing these fabrics is a integral part of my process and I love combining these found fabrics in unusual, unexpected ways.
I believe that used textiles retain value in our throwaway society. What some have deemed “ugly” or “out of style” or “useless” transforms into a valuable resource, the basis of my art. In this way, I hope to challenge and change minds about commonly accepted notions regarding the value of items in our material culture.