As an artist I experience color, pattern, and fabric as multi-sensory---they evoke places, smells, tastes, sounds, and textures from places I’ve been and the world around me. Shibori dyeing and felting are my mediums of expression.
Shibori is about serendipity---the wonder of new, beautiful patterns waiting to be discovered. The magic begins with a concept, a palette, the exploration of a technique---and often results in an unexpected surprise. The way color behaves constantly inspires and seduces me. The term shibori comes from Japan and refers to the manipulation of fabric into a three-dimensional bundle that helps to form a resist and then applying color.
Felting adds texture to my artistic world. I use wet felting and nuno felting as an extension of my dyeing work. Wet felting is a technique that manipulates wool fiber or roving by adding warm soapy water and agitating the fibers until they link together into one solid piece of cloth. Nuno felting is a form of wet felting where the fibers are laid on a silk base before felting. I can dye the wool roving or silk base to customize the color. I love the challenge of manipulating felt into 3-D forms.
A 40-year career in fashion education at Mount Mary University wove the fabric of my retirement. Travel opportunities, an interest in textiles, and a well-honed sensitivity to color feed my creativity—retirement has given me the gift of time.
SK Fiber Studio in Saint Francis, WI affords me the space to pursue my passion for design and the textile arts. Just as mentors have generously shared their knowledge with me, I have merged my two careers by offering classes in shibori dyeing and nuno felting. The reciprocal relationship between teacher and student enriches and nourishes my ideas and affirms the endless possibilities of my craft. I teach at the Paris American Academy in July of each year and offer classes at my studio by appointment for groups of 3-5 people.