I have always had a fascination with manipulating fibre. I progressed from making clothes for my dolls to making clothes that I could wear when my parents bought a sewing machine when I was 12 years old. My mother and mothers of my neighbourhood friends were willing to answer my questions and give me encouragement. They taught me to knit, do needlepoint, and embroidery. In the 1970's we embraced macrame and off-
Most of my working life was teaching Family Studies (Home Economics) and Design and Technology to students at the Grade 7 and 8 level in Lambton County, Ontario. I loved making my "work" clothes. During this time, i upgraded my BA with Art History courses and I earned a specialist certificate in teaching Visual Art to elementary students. The last 4 years of my career was spent in classrooms and my students often commented that I somehow or other brought art into every subject.
Retiring in 2000 gave me the freedom to travel and make art. My sewing machine became a tool used in my daily routine and the passion for learning new skills has been unstoppable.
My husband and I had travelled to Vancouver Island during many summers and always felt that this beautiful place was right for us. We moved here in 2002 and have made it our home. I joined the local Quilters Guild which put me in touch with area teachers. In classes with Eileen Neill we were melting Tyvek, painting fabric backgrounds, printmaking with silkscreens and gel pads, and sewing through all manner of materials. Pamela Allen taught me that if I can drill holes into any object I can sew it on the quilted sandwich. I learned more about design principles from Judy Farrow and more about colour theory from Ionne McCauley. I had underestimated the talented, nurturing artists who lived on this Island and my quilting took on a new flavour.
The creative style that I find myself developing most often is collage on a quilted base. This includes improvisational piecing, raw edge fusing, hand stitching and adding found objects. I try to see the Usual in an Unusual way when I am designing and my small groups of like-
A highlight in my journey was the publication of one of my lap quilts and the story behind it in the Spring, 2015 edition of The Canadian Quilter.
Life is fun, adventurous, filled with wonderful people and inspiration everywhere. Making fabric art doubles the pleasure.