Like the haiku, my work explores the essence of an image, memory, or moment in time. I find inspiration in the interplay of light and shadow that occurs within natural landscapes – on waterfalls, cliffs, canyon walls- from coastal marshes and wetlands to desert canyons. My background in watercolor painting and my love of building things led naturally to the construction of quilts.
I employ a contemporary interpretation of the traditional Japanese dye technique called arashi-shibori to make my hand-dyed, pieced and quilted silk wall pieces which are often based on an abstract interpretation of the kimono form. Every aspect of my work, from the dyeing, to the piecing, to the quilting and appliqué, relies on intuition as well as experience. As I prepare a palette of silks, I don’t take notes or record the results - but allow each dye session to enlighten the next.
A collection of diverse silks are strewn on the studio floor, torn up, arranged and rearranged until they resonate. I add and subtract colors in layers, and although I can control the results to a great extent, the element of surprise when the designs are revealed never fails to excite me. The composition of fragments is meticulously secured to the design wall, studied, refined and finally sewn together. Quilting defines portions of the design and appliqué is often applied to accentuate depth or movement in the piece.
Just as haiku have different interpretations, I hope the meditative quality of my work encourages viewers to draw upon their own memories and experiences when contemplating my work.