ARTIstry in Textiles
I was raised on a northern New Mexico sheep ranch, and the vivid memories of that experience continue to influence my weaving. Always remembering the land, the animals, the plants where the fibers originate, I have a keen awareness of the many human hands which process the yarns I now hold in my own hands, and the grateful appreciation for these ancient traditions.
Holding strands of nettle, wool or silk, unformed and without structure, I feel an obligation to allow the fiber its own journey through the weaving process. Each piece begins only with my “intention” for its design and then I simply observe where the fiber takes me….my job being only to guide it through the loom to its final form. Fiber does not obey or conform. It has a mind of its own and I am forever fascinated by the personalities of textiles, which are connectors and always bring me home.
As a fiber artist, I am committed to preserving the traditions and health of the fiber industry. Whenever possible, I use organic, sustainable and humanely sourced fibers. I am likewise committed to purchasing from small local ranchers/producers and from organizations providing training and income streams to disadvantaged populations. A percentage of all sales of my work are returned as donations to these efforts…just to keep the threads connected.