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Work is inspired by friends and places I've loved. I have a reverence for beautiful materials and traditional techniques from around the world. Glittering glass, shimmering silks, pliant reed, wonderful textures coaxed from the end of an embroidery needle.
Materials and techniques that take decades to master say something about being human and are as integral to my work as the content.
Glass panels are kiln formed. The imagery on the glass is created by firing layers of glass powder to 1500 degrees. I draw with glass lines made while I manipulate molten glass as it streams from the bottom of a small kiln I have suspended in the air. It's like dancing...
Three dimensional surfaces are formed using Pate de Verre techniques and melting the small glass objects to the surface.
I hand dye silk thread and weave my tapestries on traditional Swedish looms. I weave baskets using Japanese twill techniques then cover them with layers of silk and wool. Basket surfaces are embellished with a fusion of embroidery traditions from many cultures.
I'd joyfully make things even if no one was looking. I'm honored that my work has been selected for national and international museum and group exhibitions. I've been a juried member of the American Embroiderer's Guild and I've served as a juror for the American Tapestry Alliance. I share my knowledge by teaching workshops throughout the country.
The national organization, Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, has awarded me the lifetime achievement of Master Craftsman.
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