After a disastrous experience in a jr. high home ec class, I avoided sewing for 20+ years.
Then I took a beginner sewing class and learned I could sew cool things without a tissue-paper pattern. I made traditional quilts for a few years and then started dyeing fabric in preparation for a Nancy Crow workshop. (Nancy requires 100 yds of fabric for a one-week class). A dyeing workshop was going on at the same time in her wet studio-- we were allowed to snoop around. . . The amazing work being done in both workshops was both overwhelming and exhilarating.My work tends to be abstract; I like to combine hand-dyes, commercial, vintage and recycled fabrics together into collaged pieces. One of my favorite techniques is applying thickened dye over resists on cotton fabric- I love the way the dye invades the little cracks and gaps. I started silk screening last year-- happily riding that learning curve.
My work takes a contemporary approach to ancient fiber techniques, which I use to tell timeless stories. In addition to my studio work, I'm a fiber arts teacher and I write instructional material for fiber artists. I blog at Two Red Threads and Compost And Creativity, and sell my books at Etsy. In the studio, I work primarily with fabric paints, image transfer and digital imaging on fabric. My world changed when I learned that raw edge applique is not illegal or immoral, and that I can use Silly String and American cheese for printing on fabric.