In my early childhood, I succumbed to the lure of fabric and thread, but at school Home Ec discouraged me … until I learned that what I didn’t enjoy was following someone else’s pattern. That discovery freed me to use my sewing machine as a tool permitting me to play with texture, colour and design.
Today all fabrics vie for my attention, my current favourites being hand-dyed cottons, silk, organza, burlap, linen, and especially cheesecloth. My accomplishments include a permanent installation at the Glebe Community Centre in Ottawa, where I created a collage spanning 50 feet, depicting a neighbourhood of fibre art houses.
My current work consists of portraiture sculpted in wet cheesecloth. I find that through that process, and in the act of creation, I develop a relationship to the figure as I work on the features and contemplate the line of a mouth, a raised eyebrow, creases around the eyes. The positive and negative space created by light and shadow– and how these can be depicted through the contrast of cheesecloth over a dark background–intrigue me.