Mandan, North Dakota
1. How do you describe yourself? I tell people who ask about me that I am a mixed media artist. My focus is on creating my own unique fabrics to use in my work. I most enjoy creating art quilts and other sewing projects such as handbags and pillows.
2. What is your creative process? Most of my designs, whether for surface design or art quilting, begin as drawings/sketches. I scan the drawings into the computer, tweak and edit in Photoshop, and then print patterns for quilting and screen printing or use the image files for creating stencils.
3. Describe your studio space. I have two rooms that I use in my house--one is where I do my sewing and fabric painting. I have a large rolling table with storage where I do all my cutting or painting, I have a design wall and lots of storage cupboards, although I sure could use more. The other room is where I do all my computer work, printing and Thermofax screen making. I also have a desk for sitting at to draw or paint small items.
4. What's your signature style? How long did it take you to find your style when you first started making art quilts? My current favorite style is a mixed media technique with layers of transparent pattern and color. The quilts in this style are whole cloth and all the color comes from textile paints and marking tools. I would guess that I started a version of this technique about 6 or 7 years into my art quilting journey.
5. Are there artistic endeavors you are yet to do? Yes, I think so.
6. Do you keep a sketchbook and/or journal? Yes, I use a sketchbook to draw out ideas or just doodle in to discover new ideas.
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 have authored and co-authored some books, I have some videos on Vimeo.com, and I belong to the Twelve by Twelve International Art Quilt Challenge (http://www.twelveby12.org/).
8. Do you teach? I teach in my local region and this year I'll be teaching at our biannual quilt show in Bismarck, North Dakota. The quilt guild I belong to (Capital Quilters) puts the show on every other year and this year it will be November 4-6, 2016.
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? At the time of answering this question, I only have my quilt, Purrfectly Patterned, appearing in the Dinner @ Eight Patterns exhibit in Houston.
10. How many years have you had your work in d@8 exhibits, or is this your first time? This is my second year.