Inspiration and Influences

Trained as a landscape architect, my acts of design have always been about “surfaces.”  In the past, earth, plants, brick, and stone were my materials; now cloth, fiber and colorants.  An unintentional bridge has formed between my past sensibilities and present creative expression via “nuno” (what I call “laminated”) felting.  Through this technique, the play of fused and embedded materials – drawn up, blistered, buckled, cut and undulating – render visions of the alien and the familiar . . . and they all invariably contain some reference to landscape, from the vast and distant land forms view from high above the earth’s skin (natural and human-made), to the mossy or lichenous “terrain” of a rock or tree trunk.  These new forms continue to invite further “excavation” and exploration.

Creating connection and stability through my work and relationships is also fundamental.  I moved around a lot as a child and that had an impact on a lot of levels.  While i have lived many places, three stand out as major influences.  If i may use a plant metaphor: my roots are in both Hawaii and the Puget Sound area, my crown is in Georgia, and my heart is in all three.  Marine environments and forests are the substrate, expressive movement and eastern philosophy, the connective tissue; and long-evolving, valued friendships with amazing artists and craftspeople, my nourishment.  I begin to see that “net”-works and their re-forging, along with shelter and terrain (both interior and exterior), are emerging themes in my work (even in the choice of surface pattern in the more functional pieces).  The dance continues….