1. How do you describe yourself? artist, author, teacher
2. What is your creative process? I begin with a nugget of inspiration which could be a personal symbol, a color palette, a memory or an image. I gather fabrics that fit the inspiration and begin composing. I pin, scrunch, fold, arrange and rearrange the pieces until I have a pleasing composition. Once the shapes are finalized, they are fused to felt batting. Next comes a layer of machine and hand stitching before finishing.
3. Describe your studio space. We have a room in our home that would typically be an office or den. I am lucky to use that as my studio space. There are French doors to close when the room is full of creative chaos. I have a tall table for design work, floor to ceiling design wall on one side, ironing station and small area for machine stitching. I also have a red love seat where I do my hand stitching.
4. What's your signature style? How long did it take you to find your style when you first started making art quilts? My signature style is layers of fabric, paint and stitching incorporating personal symbols and serene, contemporary compositions. I’ve been warming up to and developing my style for nearly ten years.
5. Are there artistic endeavors you are yet to do? So many! I am working on some ideas for sculptural and three-dimensional fiber art. I also really enjoy teaching and nudging students toward developing their own personal style. I’m eager to do more teaching!
6. Do you keep a sketchbook and/or journal? I keep lots of notes and lists about the projects I’m working on. I also take notes about things I read, watch, listen to or study. My “sketch books” look more like they are kept by a student than an artist.
7. Being published is important to artists, so do you have any instructional dvd's, author of books, YouTube channel, have a website with other artists for collaborative projects? I sure do! My new book Art Quilt Collage: A Creative Journey in Fabric, Paint and Stitch was just released. I also have a Quilting Arts dvd workshop called Contemporary Fabric Collage: Design, Stitch and Finish. My YouTube channel has studio tours, quick tutorials and design discussions.
8. Do you teach? You can see my teaching schedule here.
9. Having your work in juried, invitationals, and solo shows is a great way to get your name out there. Where can people see your work? Matter of Time Textile Art Exhibit various venues in Austraila and New Zealand
International Quilt Festival World of Beauty, Houston TX
10. How many years have you had your work in d@8 exhibits, or is this your first time? Patterns is my seventh Dinner at Eight exhibit. I am always delighted to be included and honored to hang with so many other stunning art quilts.