I got interested in dyeing and printing fabrics because every time I opened the fabric bundles it was like opening a birthday present! I have to admit it – I’m a surface design pusher. I want to get everyone hooked on the magic and thrill of dyeing cloth. The possibilities are endless! You can make clothing or pillows or an even bigger project. I’ve covered old chairs in my gorgeous dyed fabrics and they’re a knockout. Sometimes the dyed and printed fabric is just my art, and I hang it on the wall and love it.
My first book, Complex Cloth, was published by Martingale in 1996 and it’s a classic, still in print and used as a textbook around the world. Art Cloth: A Guide to Surface Design on Fabric was published by Interweave in 2010. It expands on what I’ve learned through working with students everywhere. My long term goals are to continue to expand my art and my heart – a simultaneous process!