Hello and welcome to my page, I am a Visual Artist, Fibre Artist
I grew up in North Vancouver at the foot of Mount Seymour. I come from an artistic family, hairdressers, sewers, knitters, painters, potters, glass blowers, illustrators and photographers. I learned to knit, crochet and sew at an early age. I took as many art classes I could in high school and then studied to be an art teacher at the University of Victoria. I ended up teaching grade 6 and 7 students for many years before I got my Master’s degree in Education and became a special education teacher. Then later I taught special education support at the college level. Teaching art and helping students learn visually has always been a constant throughout my career. Art has been always been a big part of my household as well. Both my daughters have degrees in Fine Arts. Now I finally have the time to create my own art. I am inspired by the nature and beauty of where I live and where I’ve travelled. I enjoy drawing, painting, dyeing fabric and embroidery. Lately I have rekindled my love of sewing. While I have a lot of respect for the precision of traditional quilting, I really enjoy creating my own patterns and exploring my own ideas in fabric. I love learning different techniques and ways to explore new concepts with fabric and thread. I live in beautiful Pitt Meadows, with my wonderful husband and a dog named Bear.
Pitt Meadows, BC, Canada
Samples of my work
As a mother, I shared the joy of tie-dyeing with my children, creating memories along with vibrant garments. Now, as a fabric artist, I've embraced a mission that echoes the principles of sustainable creativity. In my Journey as a fabric artist I have discovered ice dying. I love the different affects you can get with ice dying fabric. I found by quilting my dyed fabric it enriched the final product. The roots of dyed cloth stretch far back in time, as evidenced by archaeological findings from the Stone Age dating back to 10,200 BCE. This vibrant art form also has a storied history in ancient China and Japan, with records dating back over 5,000 years. It's an art that transcends cultures and continents, leaving its mark on diverse societies across the world, far beyond what was popularized in the 1960s. Amidst this exploration, I've come to recognize the potential for transforming not only new materials but also old, forgotten ones. As I delve into the intricate process of dyeing cloth, I weave together threads of artistry, heritage, and a commitment to nurturing our planet while having a lot of fun.