India inspires me to work with a traditional craft and reimagine it in someone's home here, not folded up in a drawer to admire from time to time. So I trepidatiously put scissor to sari and cut, and see new possibilities emerge--quilts, pillows, curtains--which allow the fabrics' beauty to find expression in a new form that can be understood and appreciated in a different culture.
My designs emerged from the incredible diversity of Indian textiles--be it kantha or applique, ikat, mushru or zari work. The majority of my work is done in India with small artisan groups. The textiles are either handwoven or handworked by these artisans and myself.
Traditional textile, needle work and embroidery techniques are tweaked, using non-traditional colors, styles, and trims to create quilts, throws, pillows, shawls and other objects…
- Joined July 25, 2007