This Long Walk, 2016
Designing the Surface / August 15 – 20, 2021
I approach my fiber art much as a painter approaches a canvas, a surface upon which to build the ideas. I am very process-oriented; I take an initial idea and explore it, responding to the pigments, resists, etc. as I work. The potential for discovery on the fabric during the process is what excites me.
Nevertheless, many decisions I make are not arbitrary. The choice of fabric, ultimate composition, and final stitched details are all considered as necessary visual analogies in servitude of the content.
This process of inquiry, discovery and decision-making is my way of processing what I need to express while simultaneously discovering visual results that are perfect for each work of art.
The format of “This Long Walk,” including the text & imagery, is designed to express the unfolding of my walk through life, who I was, who I have become, and where it might lead me next. In looking back over the years, I realize I have fundamentally not changed, but the act of living day to day has altered me in significant -and unforeseeable- ways.
Visual designing and creating are integral to my everyday life. The mere act of paying attention holds infinite opportunities for creative ideas.
I have a BFA in Drawing & Printmaking, an MFA in Surface & Textile Design; am a Professor Emerita of Fibers from Tennessee Tech University’s Appalachian Center for Craft, and continue to teach workshops.
Screen printing, mono & block printing, drawing and painting are my loves and areas of expertise. Piecing and stitching on the fabric add another layer of meaning.
My artwork ranges from small & large format wall hangings to uniquely designed wearables and textile goods created with professional quality, non-toxic, color & wash-fast textile colorants.