I grew up in a time and place when all little girls were taught to sew, knit, crochet, embroider, darn and tat. My high school teacher said I was an artist. The world said I could be nurse or a teacher, so I became both. In 2011, I decided enough was enough. Now I am a full-time artist with a patron (social security). I have quilted for 40 years and lived through many changes. The quote I live by: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” I am having such fun now!
Other than the occasional baby quilt, I create original mandala designs based on sacred circles. I enjoy finding fabric that when cut into wedges meet at the seams to form secondary geometric designs that draw me in. I don’t hand dye because I don’t like the mess. Someone has to purchase hand-dyed fabric and that is my job. I would rather shop for beautiful commercial fabrics with friends and then do lunch. For me, being a fabric artist is a life style as well as a spiritual calling. I am so blessed to be surrounded by mentors and friendly personal cheerleaders in my life. As Joseph Campbell said, “If you are on your right path, you will be helped by unseen hands, and doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors; and where there wouldn't be a door for anyone else.”