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.
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