I’m a fiber artist who’s happiest surrounded by piles of colorful fabric. Creating with fabric and thread has been part of my life as long as I can remember. And although I began quilting many years ago in the traditional way, using traditional patterns and methods, over the last decade I’ve been experimenting with more abstract, contemporary designs using primarily solid fabrics so that the focus is on color, line, and shape. Color and texture are very important to my work. Each piece is created entirely on my domestic sewing machine, and I do all the work—from designing the composition, to piecing it together, to adding texture with free motion quilting. The motifs are stitched directly onto the fabric with my sewing machine without marking ahead of time or using a computer program—it’s just me using my needle and thread as though I had a pencil or brush in my hand.
I show and sell my work in fine art and craft shows all over the country, and I have a busy show schedule coming up this spring. Mark your calendars and plan to stop by if you’re in the area of any of these shows! It’s a great opportunity to find unique gifts you won’t find anywhere else, or maybe something special for yourself.
DowntownArt Festival – November 14-15, 2015
Located in my hometown of Gainesville, FL, this fine art and craft show takes over the historic downtown area with 250 artists in a variety of media, from painting to photography, jewelry to ceramics and more. The last two years I was fortunate to win an Award of Excellence at this show, for originality, execution, and overall presentation of my work. It’s quite an honor! Hours are 10-5 both days.
American Fine Craft Show – Brooklyn Museum – November 21-22, 2015
Located in the beautiful Beaux Arts building that houses the Brooklyn Museum in Brooklyn, NY, this show combines a unique venue with the opportunity to see high-quality contemporary art. There are 90 artists participating, including media such as wood, ceramics, glass, jewelry, wearable and decorative fiber, leather, and mixed media. There’s a convenient subway stop close by, and daily admission of $16 allows you to visit the museum itself while you’re there. Hours are 11-6 both days.
One of a Kind Show and Sale – Chicago – December 3-6, 2015
The One of a Kind show rounds out my holiday show season. Located in the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago and including more than 600 artists in a variety of media, it’s an experience to attend! You’ll have the opportunity to speak with the artists about their work, their inspiration and their process, and attend actual demonstrations of art, as well as enjoying fashion shows, food and music over four days. Hours are 11-8 Thursday and Friday, 10-7 Saturday, and 10-5 Sunday, and admission is $12/day.
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