The love of textiles and fiber began at my Grandmother’s side crocheting a rug from fabric strips torn from discarded clothing and drapes. The old adage make due and mend has stayed with me all of these years and each time I begin the next project I think of my Grandmother.
My love of textiles has evolved from crochet, embroidery, knitting, and sewing to dyeing and printing natural fibers with plants. Often, you will find a crocheted or knitted edge or stitching on the surface of my textiles. I often use wildflowers, vines, grasses, leaves, nuts, berries & roots to naturally dye and embellish my canvases, garments, accessories and yarn.
Growing up on a small farm in the Midwestern United States has a significant influence in my work in the studio. I gather native plants as I walk across pastures and prairies, bringing them back to the studio to use in my dye work. I am sure you will recognize familiar leaves from roses, hydrangea and peony.
Studying with other natural dye experts has provided a wide range of techniques that I have adapted in my studio to create a signature look to my work. Natural dye is a very personal medium and reflects the alchemist’s hands in color, pattern and intensity.