Artistic Process My art can come from the microscopic images of butterflies or flower to broad landscapes of mountains, fields or water. There is really nothing off limits to inspire me. I take photos or sketch ideas that dance around in my head. I can get totally lost in those planning hours of designing before I even sit down to weave at the loom. I sometimes begin with crayon color blending exercises since I think the crayon on paper more closely resembles what happens when different colored yarns criss-cross. When the colors appear that will express the idea, mood or emotion I'm looking for, the question then is what weaving technique will I choose. One of my favorite steps come next when I make piles of different colored yarns to be used. I weave with many strands of various yarns in multiple and unusual color combinations. After warping the loom, the fun part of the actual weaving begins. Frequently as I weave the piece, it takes over and leads me to places I hadn't planned to go. My goal is to make art that is dimensional, a color-grabber and something that could only be done with weaving.
Life Yarn This midwest born "girl" has always had the creative urge whether living in Ohio, Louisiana or California. It seems like I've been weaving all my life but it's only been a short 40+ years. In between weaving and working in public schools with communicatively challenged children I've been married to my middle school sweet heart for over 50 years and have two talented and successful daughters, who along with their husbands, have given us delightful granddaughters. Now from my Napa Valley studio I continue to weave an occasional scarf or necklace, many tapestries and weft face rugs using the shaft switching technique. I'm primarily self taught but have benefitted greatly from the excellent teachers in classes and workshops and the textile books that focused on color, design and technique. I am a happy and willing student in the "What if" continuing education school.
If you like what you see, come visit me at Napa Open Studios or at my studio by appointment. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org 707-225-7620
Resume 2018 American Tapestry Biennial 12 World Tapestry Now 2017 Maryland Federation of Art, Small Wonders 2017 River Oaks Square Art Center Alexandria La. 5x5x5 Second Annual Show 2017, 2016, 2015 Jessel Gallery, Open Studios Exhibit 2016/17, 2013, 2012 Tapestry Weavers West Exhibits 2016/17 American Tapestry Biennial 11 2016 Hand Weavers Guild of America, Small Expressions 2016 City of Brea Museum, Made in California 2015 Mendocino Arts Center, Natural Dye Showcase 2014 New Hampshire Museum, The Art is the Cloth 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 American Tapestry Alliance, Small Tapestry International 2013, 2014, 2015 Loveland Colorado, Fiber Celebration 2011-2018 Napa Valley Artists Association, Open Studios 2015 Florida Maritime Museum, Stories of the Sea Tapestry Exhibit 2013, 2012 Taste of Yountville Gallery and Exhibit