I love the feel, texture, depth of color, even the smell of fabrics and the ability to lose myself in the whirr of the sewing machine. Sometimes I feel like I’m copping out by using cloth rather than paint. But using cloth slows the process, which gives me the time I need to make decisions about what to do next. I think it was a natural progression for me due to my history of sewing and traditional quilting.
I am inspired by simplicity, the ability to achieve representation in the simplest form possible and also by artists who have done their own thing without concern for the opinions of others.
Textiles provide a unique vehicle of interpretation with their tactile nature, vibrant color and endless variety. Instead of paint, I select fabrics to get the desired effect. The happy accidents of working in this medium give results that can be challenging and pleasingly unpredictable. Besides textiles, threads, paints and dyes, whatever materials that fit the situation are used, including photos and miscellaneous findings.
My work has evolved from traditional to realistic to abstract. In my abstract work, simplicity is used to achieve my goal. Abstract gives me freedom to manipulate components of the composition to express my own impression and representation.