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I am often asked the question, where are you from and my response quite frequently is, I am British by birth, Trinidadian by descent, (from the twin island states of Trinidad & Tobago) and a naturalized American. I am the great granddaughter of slaves and indentured servants whose great grandparents came from India, China, Africa and England respectively. It is possible that my forbearers may have travelled the Old Silk Road for I do suffer with a certain wonderlust.
I imagine them to be wealthy, not overly so, but wealthy enough to undertake travel and exploration. To meet different people and listen to their stories and possibly to tell their own.
And so begins my story...I am in love with hot, bright searing color, the feel of silk, batiks, intricate ornamentation fascinates me & Islamic art. My work reflects these things that make up so much of what I love and my love for stories. What's your story?

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  • Born on August 7
  • Joined February 18, 2011

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Silk, hand dyed cottons, felt, wool rovings, acrylic paints, gel mediums, hand made papers, cigar boxes, antique lace, beads, buttons, threads

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About

I am often asked the question, where are you from and my response quite frequently is, I am British by birth, Trinidadian by descent, (from the twin island states of Trinidad & Tobago) and a naturalized American. I am the great granddaughter of slaves and indentured servants whose great grandparents came from India, China, Africa and England respectively. It is possible that my forbearers may have travelled the Old Silk Road for I do suffer with a certain wonderlust.
I imagine them to be wealthy, not overly so, but wealthy enough to undertake travel and exploration. To meet different people and listen to their stories and possibly to tell their own.
And so begins my story...I am in love with hot, bright searing color, the feel of silk, batiks, intricate ornamentation fascinates me & Islamic art. My work reflects these things that make up so much of what I love and my love for stories. What's your story?

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