Artist and Small Business Owner in Elgin, IL
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ABOUT MY WORK
Braided and woven textiles are an integral, often focal, part of my work. The use of textiles in my designs originated from a desire to find an alternative to gemstone embellishment.
Using myriad braiding techniques across five wooden loom-type Japanese stands, I create micro-textiles from fine silk threads. Each stand produces a different type of base structure.
My fiber pieces begin as either a spool or skein of very fine hand-dyed silk thread. Some of the silks are as fine as a strand of human hair. I warp the threads, then I section, tension, and braid them. The warps range in thickness from five silk strands per individual element (weighted bobbin), up to two-hundred strands per element. The number of elements can vary from eight for tiny ties, up to thirty-two and beyond for thicker, larger, more complex textiles.
As a textile artist and metalsmith, I combine my textile work with my own traditionally-fabricated metal handicraft including Etruscan-style chain weaving, metal forming, granulation and hand-engraving.
2019 SHOW SCHEDULE
[Feb.] American Craft Council Show - Baltimore, MD
[Apr.] American Craft Council Show - St. Paul, MN
[Apr.] Smithsonian Craft Show - Washington, DC
[Oct.] Academy Art Museum Craft Show - Easton, MD
[Nov.] Visual Arts Center of Richmond Craft + Design Show - Richmond, VA
[Dec.] One of a Kind Show: Holiday - Chicago, IL