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My work as a textile artist and mixed media painter fuses my fascination and love for repeated patterns and natural textures.
T E X T I L E S I N S P I R E M I X E D M E D I A P A I N T I N G S I N S P I R E T E X T I L E S
My work as a textile designer and mixed media painter fuses my fascination and love for repeated patterns and natural textures. I design and hand weave innovative, contemporary textiles on a 10 harness Macomber floor loom. With special attention to trending color palettes, blending different fiber combinations and drafting inventive weave structures, these elaborate accessories have a sculptural quality with multiple layers and unique textures. I gravitate towards utilizing sustainable natural fibers-including cashmere, merino wool, bamboo, silk and certified organic wool. Weaving luxurious one of a kind wearable art allows artistic freedom to create collections that are functional while maintaining design aesthetics that pursue elegance, creativity and classic craftsmanship. Contact me for Wholesale inquiries and Custom orders. email@example.com
Equally colorful and layered as my textile work, the surfaces of my mixed media paintings are adorned with a combination of multiple layers of acrylic paint, paper collage, litho crayon and nylon thread. I am fond of abstract and figurative imagery, which are depicted in these visual narratives. Incorporating concepts of scale, space, rhythm and movement lend to the perspective of each piece. There is a reliance on repeated patterns, gestural lines, and grids. Patterns that exist in nature, intertwine with personal stories to inspire the compositions of my paintings. I began hand-sewing nylon thread directly into certain pieces. This subtle, beautiful, detail of fiber infuses the canvases and adds a sense of permanency and reinforcement.
Rhode Island School of Design
BFA - Textile Design, 1991
Galleries, national juried art shows, studio tours, trunk shows, home shows
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Born in California, as a young girl, colored pens and grid paper went everywhere with me...coloring in the squares and making patterns. Observing small details sparked my interest in drawing which led to sketching and exploring different art mediums. I was fortunate to learn ceramic techniques and different forms of mark making through printmaking in high school. Pursuing my artistic interests, I earned my degree in Textile Design from the Rhode Island School of Design, where I learned to design repeated patterns and warp and thread a loom. Mind blowing to put single threads together and create a textile.
I have been a working artist on the West Coast for over 20 years, living in California and currently residing in Washington State. My studio time is divided between weaving and painting, while raising two lovely teenagers...my true inspirations!