How I Evolved as an Artist
I’ve made quilts for more than 30 years. I didn’t go to art school and am largely self-taught. At Brown University I studied English and took several art classes in drawing and painting, plus a quirky class called “Notebooks, Diaries, Collections, and Lists” which involved making visual/verbal collages.
After graduation I worked in Boston book publishing as a freelance photo editor. I started to make quilts, and took classes in calligraphy, design, quilting, and dyeing. The most important one was two rigorous weeks at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts taught by the brilliant and demanding artist Nancy Crow. I also went on a textile arts tour of India where my colour sense exploded. I began dyeing my own fabric, which adds a painterly quality to my work. I made stencils and silkscreened thickened dye or acrylic paint onto the fabric. I experimented with pastels and black gesso and monoprinting.
The silver lining of the Covid pandemic for me was taking online classes in collage and painting. Now I’m also painting and using collage on paper and wood panels.
When asked about my future goals in this 2018 interview, I said that I wanted my artwork to become “more experimental, messier, and not necessarily always adhere to a quilt format. Maybe try collages on paper. Or use canvas instead of cotton fabric, Or not finish the edges. Break my own rules.”
These were good goals and I’m making progress towards them! So many more experiments to try. . . .
A Few of My Exhibits, Publications, and an Award
Hands Dancing, a member show at the Inverness County Centre for the Arts, from 2003 to the present
Transitions, (juried), a textile exhibition that travelled to four venues in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick
Purchase Award, Nova Scotia Art Bank
Newcomer Artist Project (juried), Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
The New Cartography of Craft (juried), Mary Black Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Quilt National, An International Exhibit of Innovative Quilts (juried), Athens, Ohio
Art Quilts: A Celebration, published by Lark Books
Fiberarts Design Book Six