Artist's Statement

Living on the Salish Sea (Orcas Island and now Port Townsend, WA) I find myself fascinated by what I see along the shoreline: piles of kelp glistening in the sun, rocks and pebbles washed by the waves, waves crashing on the shore, and sunsets on the water. In Port Townsend, I discovered beaches at low tide with seaweed of all colors and textures laid out on the sand in beautiful compositions. I started photographing these images and gradually found myself translating them to my weaving. 

In addition to wandering the shoreline, I spend time hiking in the mountains which provides me with more rich textures and colors to explore in my weaving: snow covered peaks, mossy rocks, wildflowers, roaring rivers, and forests green and fire-scorched. 

Just as seaweed changes color and shape as it dries, I experiment with weaving with yarns and structures that change shape when I take them off the loom, wash, and dry them: some yarns shrink, some bubble, and some twist. Although many weavings have strict horizontal and vertical lines, I love to break away from those structures and find ways to create angled or undulating lines.

An empty loom demands a new design and eventually a concrete project emerges, each with unique puzzles to solve. A piece may be driven by an image, a new technique, or colors and textures of yarn from my closet. I inherited not only my mom’s looms, but also an amazing array of yarns that provide a breadth of colors and textures that demand experimentation and always whisper encouragement. 

 

EXHIBITS

2018
"Pairings: Beaded and Woven", Collaboration, Uptown Dental, Port Townsend, WA
Invited Show, Taps at the Guardhouse, Port Townsend, WA

2017
"Smile: Whimsy and Humor", Juried Show, Northwind Arts Center, Port Townsend, WA
"Fiber Revolution", Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, SDA Member Show, Port Angeles, WA  ** Awarded People's Choice
"Surface Design at the Carnegie", Group Show, Port Townsend Library, Port Townsend, WA
"Alchemy of the Abstract", Juried Show, Northwind Arts Center
"Wind and Water", Juried Show, Northwind Arts Center
"Fiber Fusion", Juried Show, Schack Art Center, Everett, WA

2016
"One Foot Cubed", Juried Show, Confluence Gallery, Twisp, WA
"Open Show", Juried Show, Sequim City Hall, Sequim, WA
"National Parks", Member Show, Port Angeles Public Library, Port Angeles, WA
"Poem Inspired", Juried Show, Northwind Arts Center, Port Townsend, WA
"Radical Change", Juried Show, Northwind Arts Center, Port Townsend, WA
"Alchemy of the Abstract VII", Juried Show, Northwind Arts Center, Port Townsend, WA

2015
“Liquid Planet”, SDA Members Show, Pippa’s Tea House, Port Townsend WA
"Book Inspired", Juried Show, Northwind Arts Center, Port Townsend, WA
"Surface Design Association", Member Show,  Port Angeles Public Library, Port Angeles, WA

2014
"Small Expressions", Juried Show, Northwind Arts Center, Port Townsend, WA

2013
Pacific Northwest Art School Member Exhibit, Coupeville, WA ** Awarded “Best of Fiber Art”

2009
"Art is Gift", Invited show, Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, Port Angeles, WA

Retail Sales:

  • 2008-Present Studio Sales, Port Townsend, WA
  • 2008-2010 Monsoon, Port Townsend, WA

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