Both nature and art have been sources of energy and inspiration for me ever since childhood, the two inter-twining and pulling each other. I began weaving decades ago when I saw a roommate at the University of Michigan Biological Station weaving colorful bands on an inkle loom. I’ve been weaving ever since, for many years in spare time during a career as a biologist.
Since that time, my love of fiber has expanded to include felting three dimensional objects, braiding, and dyeing. I dye many of the fibers or yarns that I work with, both cellulose (cotton, rayon, etc.) and protein (wool, silk). I use painterly techniques in my dyeing, a magical process to me.
My work is a reflection of the feelings I have about nature. The ecological science that was at the heart of my career informs these feelings, but does not produce through me realistic, accurate images of natural forms. Rather, I appreciate the incredibly complex processes that are going on at all biological levels….. within cells, individual organisms, biological communities, ecosystems, and our home, the Earth…. and interpret these through color, texture, and form.
I’m drawn to the inconspicuous things in nature….lichens, mosses, fungi….the things that are mostly not seen, that are banished from manicured lawns and perfect gardens. When I see these things, I see them through the lenses of biology and art, both being of great value to me.
My work has been shown at the Michigan League of Handweavers juried biennial fiber exhibit at the Dennos Museum in Traverse City, Mi, at the Milwaukee (WI) Art Museum as part of the Handweavers Guild of America juried Small Expressions exhibit, and has won third and first prizes in exhibits at Michigan League of Handweavers biennial conferences.