I’ve been making things since I was a little girl. And over time I realized that making things is as important to me as the basic human needs. In some instances, it is more important and is completely understood by a close few in my maker tribe.
My family knows I’m not really kidding when I say, “just slide the food tray under the door”. Since clothing always held a special appeal for me – I still have the Barbie doll dress I made from my dad’s necktie – it seemed natural that it would be my weaving focus. I was lucky enough to study with designer/weaver Marie Walling early in my weaving career. I soaked it all up! I soon had my own line of hand-dyed, handwoven clothing that I took to craft fairs attempting to make my way as a clothing/weaving designer.
After a time, I made the decision to put it aside and focus on raising my daughter, Nicolette. I taught art in the private sector, worked many other art-related jobs and still wove the occasional set of dishtowels. I returned to school in my forties and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fiber Arts. I went on to obtain a Teaching Credential and then complete a master’s degree in Education. I taught mostly fourth grade for nineteen years. Art was included as often as possible to feed that basic need and maintain sanity. While I did retire in 2018, I do look forward to invitations back to teach the occasional art project.
I’ve been sewing, knitting, and weaving along with other fiber arts for over 50 years and am still fascinated by all aspects of each. Sharing that fascination has always been an important part and I hope this website is a means for that.