About the Artist
From an early age my incredible mother kept me inspired. My earliest recollection is weaving cotton loops into potholders, and making cords through a wooden device that grew lengths of woven yarn but for what purpose I don’t know. I didn’t discover until much later that there is a difference between making and creating. Making was for me the repeating of something I had learned, over and over, systematically, repeatedly, satisfyingly and with the ultimate result being production. It was usually someone else’s pattern: potholders, cords and then knitting stitches that were similar and repetitive and which followed someone else’s pattern. Then on to stitches with a machine to make doll clothing and then adult clothing. Always someone else’s pattern. But how else does one learn to do something new? In high school I whipped off cable knit sweaters which still sit in plastic containers of glory in my basement. Always I was doing someone else’s “thing”. When I was 4 or 5 years old I won a sheep at a local county fair. Can you just imagine the elation?? But then someone more adult than I decided it would be a lot of trouble and so goodbye sweet sheep. I have spent my entire life looking for that sheep to satisfy my dreams.
That is not to say I didn’t do what those more adult than me wanted me to do. I graduated from Tufts University and received a Master’s degree from the University of Connecticut in Gifted Education under THE master of the field, Joseph Renzulli. I was truly fortunate. I taught and developed programs for Gifted and Talented students in local school districts. I loved it. But then with 3 children facing 4 years of college education followed by graduate school, I shifted gears and went into financial services, where I worked for more than thirty years. During that time I continued to dally my feet and fingers in right brained activities. I did crewel embroidery, stitchery, needlepoint, blackwork, rug hooking, braided rugs, and mixed media. Then, about 2008 I fell in love with felting and decided this was my passion. I studied among the best in the field, domestic and international. I made beautiful creations but they often were replicas of what I had been taught. Then one day I saw botanical prints of leaves on felting, and knew I had arrived. Eco or botanical printing made an image that I had never thought could be more beautiful. I began to create like never before. Not someone else’s pattern but an image of mother nature’s glory. There have been many failures amidst the pleasures I have experienced. But I am thrilled.
Last summer I had the distinct pleasure of spending 5 days at a Vermont workshop with the world renowned Joan Morris, exploring natural dyeing and Japanese Shibori printing techniques. How do I engage this with my eco printing? Maybe I don’t, but the wonder of learning and creativity never ceases, How is it that I am so fortunate and so fulfilled. The making and creativity goes on, with days ahead to experience people with hidden talents or tried and true techniques abounding to inspire. And so the journey continues. Thank you for journeying into my thoughts. May we find treasured moments together.