It is no surprise that I was drawn to Shibori as I lived in Japan for three years as a child. The Shibori technique is based on manipulating the fabric by wrapping it around a pole or rope then placing the dye on the cloth. The fabric resists the dye and this creates the patterns. The colors are set by steaming on the stove in my kitchen.
Currently I live in a cabin in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains. My inspiration comes from hiking in the woods and trying to figure out how to capture the colors I see. My truly wearable art includes serenity shawls, goddess capes, bolero jackets, poetry vests and skirts, riding coats, caftans and dresses. What I love to do most is create a collection. To layer on various colors and textures of fabrics and designs. Each design has several pieces which have been torn and serged before sewing them together; a process through which I continue to recover memories in the 5/8 seam allowance I learned from my mother.