I draw inspiration from the sea, from artifacts of indigenous cultures and natural forms. The sea-influenced are often abstract enlarged images of under-sea life and have organic flowing lines. Artifacts of other cultures range from Northwest Native American Masks, to Moroccan tile work and pre colonial South American design. These are often more geometric and linear. And I may zoom in on those informed by nature.
Materials used include fabric collected in South America, Africa and the Pacific Northwest, acrylics and armatures uniquely suited to work with fabric. Silk may be perfect for one application while African fabrics will be suited for another. I create my pieces using standard and long arm sewing machines, acrylic paints, improvised tailoring/sculptural techniques and a variety of traditional and improvised tools.
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