5 in. x 8 in.
tapestry, embroidery / cotton warp, wool, silk and rayon weft.
Rain Apron and Hat
3.5 ft. x 2.5 ft.
plastic fusing, disperse dye with photography, sewing / plastic grocery bags
Homes for All
3 panels, 2 ft. x 3 ft.
weaving – tabby & inlay / copper wire, copper pipes, cotton fabric, polyester & cotton yarn.
Tapestries have filled me with admiration for years and when I unfold my grandmother’s embroidered hankies, I feel such tenderness. These two reactions were my doorway to textile arts. I’ve speculated about the designers and makers of these textiles. Their skill and artistry inspired me to learn textile techniques and to keep on learning.
With my textile work I feel I am standing in the corridor between past and future, learning old, enduring skills to apply in traditional ways or translate with new materials into current perspectives. These approaches are combined in my work. “Pesto!” was created using ancient tapestry technique and wool/cotton yarns but in a 3-D shape. “Rain Apron and Hat” is simply sewn using fused plastic and modern disperse dyes. “Homes for All” is three panels woven in tabby pattern but with copper wire instead of yarn. Sometimes my work is concept driven. In “Homes for All” I seek to express my concern about housing for all Canadians. Traditional inlay depicts abstracted levels of housing – tent, house and apartment – within the metal warp and weft of the city’s grid.
Textile techniques offer me a wide-ranging medium for application and expression. I use them to provide frivolities and necessities, to tell stories and to communicate important issues.