I make sculpture with a textile sensibility; textile materials and techniques are the foundation of my creative process. As I weave, stitch, print, paint and collage I use a variety of materials, including thread, fabric, buckram, wax, metal leaf, and wire.
I coined the phrase “practiced play” to describe the way I work. “Practiced” references hard-won and well developed skill; “play,” on the other hand, references a looser way of working where freedom to experiment with materials and techniques brings creative breakthroughs. For me, both are crucial to making art that is well constructed, innovative and fresh.
It all started with handweaving, my first textile love and my focus for many years. I sharpened my skill as a weaver during five years at the Silk Weaving Studio in Vancouver, British Columbia where I designed and wove small-production scarves and shawls. I expanded my toolbox of textile techniques when I studied for two years in the textile program at Capilano University in Vancouver.
In 2012 I began making non-functional textile art. In 2016 I had my first solo show, "Forward Folding” in Providence, RI. Since then my work has been exhibited regularly in galleries across the country. I am currently working on a new body of work for a solo exhibition in 2020, and am co-curating “Luminous,” an exhibition featuring artwork by 5 Rhode Island artists, scheduled for fall 2020 at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery in Westport, MA.