"With my dyeing, the unexpected is always happening.
Much of what happens in our lives is regulated and predictable.
My dyeing allows for spontaneity; the fibers, the water,
and the dyes themselves all react individually and in concert
with each other. The parameters that I establish for each
piece of yardage encourage diversity, harmony, and originality
all at the same time. The delight in seeing the resulting
color-plays provide excitement and drama. Creating wearable
art that focuses on color, patterns, and altered textures
of the dyed yardage is a challenge met by following classic,
ethnic garment lines. When the yardage is particularly striking,
in itself, I prefer to cut minimally. At the other extreme,
I cut fabric into a myriad tiny pieces to reassemble into
yardage of another dimension, often combining fiber contents,
surfaces, and colors. Sometimes, I add names and stories
which enhance the theatre of wearable art.
addition to the artspoken yardage and wearable art, I also
create humorous hand screen-printed designs with artstanding
titles and poetic tales for t-shirts, tote bags, and cards.
I have been doing artfairs in the upper Midwest for nearly
thirty years; I have been part of the national quilt scene
for two decades. My garments and fabrics are found on six