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  • About This Artist

    I am a thread illustrator. I use hand and freehand machine embroidery with applique techniques on found, vintage, and certified organic fabrics, to illustrate my perception of our natural and complicated world, concentrating on ignored birds and plants. My process begins with ink drawings from observation and photographic resources. The rest relies on mind ramblings, juxtapositions and compositional techniques. I love the look and the challenge of drawing with the stitch line , especially the black line that so eloquently imitates ink marks. I am drawn to pattern fabrics that remind me of historical trends that I can interplay with my images. I am drawn to overlay and transparency leading me to experiment with a variety of fabrics from felt to organza. I am challenged by mixing colors of thread to create realistic effects. I make ecological choices to keep my wall pieces, handbags and decor pillows sustainable with small batch, high quality and eco-friendly production and packaging.

  • Q&A With This Artist

    A: My process begins with ink drawings from observation and photographic resources.I look for bird photographs that I can pull out the personality of bird in my drawing. I transfer my drawings on fabrics using fabric markers or sulky transfer stabilizer. I use the drawing as a guide line as I draw with my sewing or long arm quilting machines onto a variety of fabrics that range from organic cotton, organza to felt. I use vintage decor fabrics to play amongst my bird and plant characters.

    A: I love the look and the challenge of drawing with the stitch line, especially the black line that so eloquently imitates ink marks. I am drawn to pattern fabrics that remind me of historical trends that I can interplay with my images. I am drawn to overlay and transparency leading me to experiment with a variety of fabrics from felt to organza.I enjoy the challenge by mixing colors of thread to create realistic effects.

    A: I’ve only had one sewing class my whole life that was in Home Ec class in junior high. My work first looks like ink drawings until you get close up and realized its all thread. I began my artistic journey as a painter in the early 1980s and continue to find ways to paint with thread.

    A: The wonder of finding the right bird head for the expressive figure always gets that: “That’s IT!” exclamation! Putting my color theory knowledge to work for layering the right colors to make the intended effect is always a joy when that happens. Playing with my characters amongst the background scenes of toile fabric is always a playful delight. When I think of wonder I always think of play.

    A: There are many who have inspired me: from the work ethic of my grandmother and husband to the numerous peers of the Baltimore . I started out as a painter in the 80’s and still too back to my numerous artist influences of that period. I am constantly going back to the art museum and gallery shows for inspiration when I get stuck.



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