I began sewing in 1965. My mother was my teacher, as my grandmother had taught my mother, and my great grandmother had taught my grandmother. In 1974, my last year in high school, I decided to become a fashion designer, as it was the only career I could think of, that would allow me to earn a living having something to do with what I love the most... sewing.
I dropped all my academic courses and took nothing but art. I attended Virginia Commonwealth University for two years and then moved to New York City to attend Parson's School of Design. I started my first clothing company in 1980 and have been self employed ever since.
In 1995, I invented a body of work that continues to captivate my attention, called Fotopiecings. It is a marriage of my quilt work and my photographic work. The cutting up and reassembling of my fotographs allow me to personalize my imagery and create an atmosphere of mediation and quiet. I use commercially produced bass wood box substrates… stain, sand & lacquer a multitude of colors, adhere archival digital pigment print fotos to the wood, using an archival book binding glue and then spray a finish of lacquer on top.
In 1999, I started my line of “Fun Fleece” blankets, hats and scarves that, along with my “Eclectic Clothing” line, I consider to be my production work… both are full of comfort & ease…
In 2002, I moved back to CURVE studios in Asheville, NC . I have had all of my work displayed in my studio, open for regular retail, Monday thru Saturday all year long. It has helped to become a much better designer as well as better able to speak about my work!
3 River Arts Place
Asheville, NC 28801