I started my career in graphic design, which led me to discover my interest in fiber. Interaction of color continuely intrigues me. Surface investigations such as, dyeing, discharge, folding, tearing, felting or stitching result in stimulating patterns and color combinations. In particular, the shibori technique arashi or "polewrapping" creates patterns which resemble shapes created by large bodies of water. As a native Michigander, water has been a large part of my life. To me, this pattern makes a connection with humans. We are 60% water and measure heart rate, sound and heat waves with similar linear lines.

My dyed, felted garments have been accepted in juried, international fashion shows and exhibits sponsored by Surface Design Association and Handweavers Guild of America. In 2007, my garment "Dancing the Orange" received Honorable Mention at Michigan League of Handweavers Biennial Conference. Other accessories have been published in Belle Armoire 2005 and Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot 2006. Most recently my work was included with other Michigan artists at the Detroit Institute of Art in conjunction with the Richard Avedon exhibit (October 18, 2009-January 17, 2010).

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