I am fascinated with fiber. As a studio photographer at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, my first publication was an ABC book for children from the Costumes and Textiles Department. My future had been cast.
I began by hand painting silk and making neckties. I knew I was on the right track when the Head Curator of the department bought one for himself. I continued with it for the next 10 years.
We moved from Southern California to Whidbey Island in 2005 when I retired from LA County, and I opened up a graphic design and commercial/fine art studio. Over the first 5 years, there was a little muse whispering to me to go back to fiber art.
I had been having a good run with the business but, as things will, they were slowing down. Then I found the Gail Harker School for Creative Studies on the island. I signed up for the freemotion embroidery class. I was hooked. The week after the Harker class, I studied with Jane Dunnewold (Complex Cloth). Her class drove me over the edge. I knew that this is what I was going to do from now on.
Today, I dye, spin, weave, felt, quilt, embroider, crochet and knit. All my work starts out as white fiber. I never duplicate a design. Everything is an original. www.DivaFibers.com
I am particularly fond of indigo. I tend toward the Japanese Arashi Shibori, Stitched Resist and Knotted Resists, all in the Shibori traditions that are over 400 years old. The Hapi Coat pictured here is Shibori resist using clamped folds. Each piece of the garment was dyed individually from white Kona Cotton utilizing a traditional Japanese pattern. Note the symmetry on the back of the coat. I am thankful I went to art school and find myself being constantly inspired by the training I had way back in 1969.
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