have an Honours BA in Anthropology from Trent University and was
involved in community radio, performance and theatre before becoming
interested in visual arts. I created and exhibited collages for
seven years before enrolling in the Textile Arts program at Capilano
College in North Vancouver. I have been working as a fibre artist
since graduating 1994.
My work has been shown in public and artist-run galleries across
Canada and in the United States. It has also appeared in magazines
such as Artichoke and Fiberarts.
My studies of Anthropology and Textile History have informed my
art. Interestingly, the historical and cultural impact of fabric
is to be found in the archaeological record, not in the realm
of Art History.
This neatly links my two areas of study and brings
added relevance to both.
I like to combine traditional surface design techniques, such
as shibori and block printing, with non-traditional materials,
such as bubble wrap, leaves and photographs. In this way I can
create pieces which are both physically and metaphorically rich
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