The medium of tapestry weaving allows me to create images and cloth at the same time. The tactile experience of working with fiber, along with the depth of color and richness of the woven surface excites and drives me. I find the process of creating cloth and image satisfying as it ties me to my past and my Grandmother who taught me to sew at an early age. She instilled in me, a love of creating with my hands and an appreciation for good cloth.
Much of my work is designed to make a statement. My tapestries of faces represent both historical and contemporary subjects. Using images from burlesque, belly dancing and drag, I am creating a body of work of women baring their bodies in dance and performance art. My figurative tapestries explore sexuality and exposure.
The dichotomy of the ancient medium of tapestry used to express contemporary subjects is a powerful tool. In my work, I use this dichotomy to make a statement that leads the viewer to question traditional conventions.
My weaving career began in 1992 after studying interior design and textile and costume conservation at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. In 2003 I took my first tapestry workshops. I have studied with several excellent tapestry teachers including Archie Brennan and Susan Martin-Maffei in New York, Pat Taylor at West Dean College in England and Marcel Marois from Canada.
I am known for my three dimensional tapestries of wearable corsets. They are influenced by historical subjects and how they relate to contemporary issues. There is a deep well of connotations to be drawn from the corset and I want my viewer to draw from that well.
My work has exhibited internationally in solo and group shows, winning awards from as far as Serbia and the UK.
Along with my weaving I teach and lecture about tapestry and have published writings on the subject. I have lectured, curated exhibits and written for textile publications. She has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally in solo and group shows, winning awards from as far as Serbia and the UK. I studied costume and textile conservation in The Fashion Institute of Technology Graduate Program and attended the New York School for Interior Design. I was the head of the Costume and Textile Department at the Pascack Historical Museum in New Jersey for 10 years where I was able to indulge in my other passion, historical costume and textiles.