Textile Collage Artist and Quiltmaker
I began working with fibers and
textiles at age six. My Roumanian
grandmother, known for her technical
and creative prowess, taught me
cross-stitch and embroidery. In
fifth grade, I was named
Artist-of-the-Month, which I
stretched into a year-long residency.
A high school friend reminded me
that I had been an art mentor to her.
I made my clothes then, Vogue patterns
combining unusual textures and colors.
My exploration and creativity freed her
to experiment in her own clothes-making.
I learned to weave at the Cleveland
Art Institute after earning a Bachelor's
degree in Art History at the University of
Wisconsin. Later, I studied batik resist
at the Baltimore Art Institute, and through
the Parks and Recreation Department met
skilled and inspiring teachers.
I was appointed a Washington State
Artist-in-Residence, travelling to public
schools teaching fun fiber art projects.
In Oakland, I studied for a year at the
California College of Art, developing fiber
sculptures. I earned a Master's in Counseling
Psychology at JFK University and a post-Master's
degree in Art Therapy, I brought the world of
art to my clients.
Always, I played with color, texture,
balance and shape. While working full-time
as a family therapist and manager, I found
the medium of sewn textile collage a perfect
fit for my pursuit of art. I began to develop a
series of textile collages, pieces that expressed
moments and stages of a life: beginnings, middles,
endings, with death, loss, joy, and celebration.
Each collage is its own journey with a unique form.
Then, in 2005, I discovered quilts! I could not
have guessed the pleasure derived from cutting and
re-arranging colorful pieces of cloth into new patterns.
I made quilts for others, for myself, for gifts, and for
When I retired in June 2014, I made a commitment to
learn the art of surface design on cloth and to create
art quilts. I sought out teachers, workshops and retreats.
I found a mentor: Jane Dunnewold and her Art Cloth Mastery
Program. For two and one-half years, every six months,
ten artists convene in her studio in San Antonio,Texas,
for six days to learn new surface design techniques,
support one another, and form our unique goals.
I want my artistic vision to grow out of
my commitment to personal deepening, making
self-contact deep inside, from the outer
layer of skin to the deeper layers of muscles,
the pulsation of the organs, and the beating of
my heart. By forming a boundary of containment,
I initiate a chain reaction of thoughts, images,
sensations, colors, and associations.
I have begun an exploratory series of
Totems based on First Nation cultures throughout
the world. I wonder, does my own process of
discovery mirror the ways that cultures and the
complexities of group living create symbolic
Totems over time? Do they emerge from an image
within that spreads outward? Do they emerge from
what the group sees/experiences in their
environment over time, shaped into an image?
I invite you to explore my website; we can