I am a textile artist living in Portland, Oregon with my husband of 55+ years.
A graduate of Cornell University, I also have an MS from Pennsylvania State University in Clothing and Textiles. I began quilting in 2000, after retiring, and love to work in the abstract and find inspiration from the natural beauty around me.
My art quilts have been juried into several local and national textile art shows. I have done commissions for churches and private collections. My work has been published in the book Creative Quilting…The Journal Quilt Project, edited by Karey Bresenhan, and in several magazines.
I am coauthor with 11 others of the book, Twelve by Twelve, The International Art Quilt Challenge. For four years, we each made a 12x12 inch quilted art piece on a designated theme or palette. After four years of working together on this project, we decided to change things a bit in 2012 and made rectangular pieces, 20×12 inches (LxW). You can read about this project and see the quilts here: www.twelveby12.org
Recently, I chaired a committee of SAQA Oregon members that wrote a book featuring the work of 21 SAQA Oregon members. Each of us was asked to come up with an idea for textile art and to chronicle the creation of the work over a 6 month period. It is titled, Emergence: Textile Art from Concept to Stitch. It is available on Amazon.
I am drawn to creating my own fabrics. I really love to change the surface of a fabric in some way. After I have dyed or painted fabric, I use several different techniques such as screen printing, painting, stamping, and discharging. Discharging involves removing dye from fabric in a pattern using bleach or Thiox. Since moving to a condo, I have limited ability to create my own fabrics, but fortunately, I have a large stash of fabrics that were done in the past.
I belong to the following organizations:
Columbia Fiberarts Guild
Twelve by Twelve, The International Art Quilt Challenge
Studio Art Quilt Associates
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