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"Cloth, thread and creating art have been a part of my life since childhood."

I learned to sew on my mother’s Singer sewing machine at the age of five. Art has always been a passion, and was always an outlet for expression. Though these two did not converge until later in life, I have always been engaged in creating something artistic, or creating with cloth.

I have lived on the West Coast all my life in all three states, California, Oregon, and Washington spending time in every major city in each state. I graduated from Washington State University in 1977 with a degree in Interior Design and a minor in Architecture. After graduating, I worked in various areas of these industries.

In 2001, I found the medium of fiber art and quilting. This was my muse creating imagery with fiber. My focus and skills have been refined over the years, but creating with cloth and thread has remained constant.

In 2016 my husband and I moved to Northern Idaho, a favorite playground growing up. We live in a small community where we are surrounded by inspiration and beauty with every changing season. Life is good as I look out my studio window surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges.

I love to create, spending time in my studio pushing myself to discover new possibilities. I identify with who I am through my art work and love the process of creating as a means of expression.

My fiber art represents how I see color, shapes and line. My style of fiber art is contemporary and intuitive. My time in my studio is a process of discovery. I work to please myself first and secondarily sharing my work with others. 

Artist Statement

I choose cloth and thread as a means of art and expression. Manipulating cloth, pattern, and color is an irresistible force. Working in a series and exploring a specific theme is how I spend my creative time in my studio. My surroundings and nature are the inspirations I choose to abstract with my medium, cloth and thread.

Form, color, and scale are important aspects in all my series work. The imagery I create from one piece to the next evolve from what I see and experience in my subjects environments. I continue to find new ways and challenges to approach the same subject in my exploration of my series.

Working improvisational is key to the development of each piece. The final work is a visual record of my creative journey expressing my evolution of the subject matter.

I work to please myself first during the building and construction of the stitched cloth. It is my hope that each work will be a place for viewers to ponder and start a conversation.

RESUME

EXHIBITS:

2019
– VISIONS ART MUSEUM/ San Diego, CA Crush 2 Museum Signage

2016

– VISIONS ART MUSEUM / Breakout San Diego, CA
– URBAN PDX / MIX Group Exhibit, Portland, OR
– MIX at CHESSMAN GALLERY / MIX Group Exhibit, Lincoln City, OR

2015
– CHEHALEM CULTURAL ART CENTER / MIX Group Exhibit, Newberg, OR
– VISIONS ART MUSEUM / Interpretations San Diego, CA
– The Friends of Ann Pitzer Award
– COASTAL FIBER ARTS 2015 Astoria, OR
– SISTERS OUTDOOR QUILT SHOW / MIX Exhibit / Public Library
– A SENSE OF PLACE / MIX / group exhibit Portland, OR

2014
– EXTREME STUDIES / MIX / group exhibit Portland, OR

2013
– LOCALLY GROWN / MIX / group exhibit Portland, OR
– COASTAL FIBER ARTS 2013 Astoria, OR

PUBLICATIONS:

MARY JANE’S FARM MAGAZINE Feb / March Issue 2018

VISIONS ART MUSEUM / Bi Annual Publication 2016

VISIONS ART MUSEUM / Interpretations catalog 2015 

1000 QUILT INSPIRATIONS Sandra Sider Quarry Books / 2015