In first grade I won the school safety poster contest with a bold entry in crayon, entitled Stay In Line. Eventually, I grew up, went to art school at the University of Michigan, and like many women art majors of my generation, became an art teacher. For many interesting and challenging years I taught art in Indiana public schools and colleges. Now I focus on my own studio work, mostly in textiles and fiber.
I am interested in the lives of women, and I look for meaning in pieces of cloth. My materials are often repurposed clothing and domestic linens; textiles made, used and maintained by the hands of other women. I use hand stitching and embroidery to hold the pieces together, to bind the layers and gather the detritus of daily living into a new whole. The work I do, and the way of working that I value, is slow and mindful.
My work has been exhibited regionally and nationally, most recently I have had work selected for Quilt Visions 2018, Form not Function 2018, Artist as Quiltmaker XVII, New Legacies Contemporary Art Quilts 2018, Quilts=Art=Quilts 2019, and Quilt National 2019.
Originally from Michigan, I live and work in South Bend, Indiana, with my husband and two cats. We have four adult children and a grandson. I also read, garden and walk. I don’t Stay In Line much.