Each piece begins with a collection of fabric with colors and patterns that appeal to me along with a notion of size and mood of the piece. As I begin, the piece unfolds, and I respond as the colors and fabric carry themselves where they will go. I use cotton and silk fabrics along with embellishments and found objects to create one-of-a-kind combinations of color and pattern. I incorporate meaningful items and fabric upon request and approach each creation with a fresh creative spirit. The fabric, color, and any purpose of the piece come together to create a colorful, encouraging visual expression.
As I sewed more over the last four years, I began adding words or hymns and song lyrics to pieces I was making. I love lyrics and kind, uplifting and encouraging words. Words that catch our attention can slow us down and remind us of our connections to each other and to all that is good in our complicated world. I am a Taizé music singer/cantor, and have been deeply influenced by this music, and prayers of Brother Roger of Taizé. Brother Roger believed that music that stays with you and that you cannot stop singing carries with it into the world the spirit of the community from which it came. Adding these Taizé lyrics and others to wall hangings was a way I began to combine music and quilting into a single, very personal expression. Modern quilting and playing or singing music have a great deal in common. With both, you must work within the limits you face---in the notes on a page of music, the possibilities of the instruments, the fabric, the thread---and make the creation the very best quality communication and artistic expression within these limits. I have found creating fiber art to be a very similar process to creating music. I enjoy combining music and art: both, meditative and healing art forms.