After my mother died, my sister and I sorted through a lifetime of my parents' "things about them" (If you love the John Wayne-Maureen O'Hara movie of the "The Quiet Man" you might remember this quote, if you haven't seen the movie you should check it out!). My father was a basket maker in his later years and made beautiful, traditional baskets in the Shaker style.
My mother needlepointed, sewed clothes for me and my sister, knitted, and in her later years she learned to quilt. Among her things, I found a piece of needle point that looked quite modern.
I put it among my things and let it sit for a few years knowing that somehow something would come along sometime. After carting around my knitting and embroidery in handbags to piano lessons and ballet and soccer for the last couple of years, I finally decided what I really needed was a sewing bag that had the pockets and accoutrements that would make my travels and sewing/knitting on the road easier . I thought of the needlepoint, took it out and went to the fabric store in search of the right combination of fabrics. Amy Butler had just the thing, that piece along with some beautiful cream jean fabric looked just right. I had seen a lovely bag in a knitting store that I admired and had that in mind as I started my bag. I spent three days cutting out fabric and sewing this bag together.
I made sure I had lots of storage space for my yarn, and lots of pockets for scissors, knitting needles, thread, and whatever else I might need. I even included a pin cushion.
I have enjoyed using it, and think of my mother when I carry it with me.
My art has always been driven by my love of the natural world. I like to portray the little things in a big way. I tend to scale my views of nature either full scale or oversized, so that details of color and structure become visible in new ways, conveying the essence of each object and scene as I experience them. I believe that every person has a special relationship to nature, yet in capturing the abstract elements of a plant or animal, it is my hope that people feel a desire to take the time to look more closely at the nature that surrounds them and perhaps gain a new appreciation for each small thing.
My art-to-wear is as much about the process. My designs are usually a mix of recycled fabrics and unique new fabrics , and embellished with ribbon, appliques, or hand stitching. My goal is to design and sew a unique, and eye catching, piece of wearable art that you love to wear.