In my textile assemblage work, I explore the relationship between damage and reconciliation through the use of hand-dyed fabrics, colorful threads, yarns and machine stitch to create two-dimensional abstract assemblages. High contrast color relationships and textured surfaces give the pieces more depth and texture, revealing the richness of the healing experience, bearing witness to a new found strength.

 

Grounded in that strength and using stitches taught to me by my grandmother, I have turned my hands away from fabric and machine stitch to freeform hand-knitting to create three-dimensional abstract fiber works. Inspired by large shapes in nature, such as mountain sides and mima mounds. The softness of the knit structures belies the ruggedness of the hard solids of rocky mountainsides and packed earth of the mounds.  These knitted works are studies of serenity and strength and are a testament to what it means to be a woman of a certain age whose power is reawakened in these uncertain times.



Inspiration

 
"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique... You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate youo. Keep the channel open" 
--Martha Graham