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A lot of people seem to feel that art should be about abstract concepts, larger themes, and big ideas. I feel that art can be about the smaller things that matter to us as individuals: daily life, food and flowers, well-known stories, community – and that images of those smaller things can be more accessible, be a pleasure to live with.

I choose fabric for my medium because I love the textural possibilities. And all those colours! If I can’t find the colour I want, I dye or paint my own muslin. I use a lot of home-décor fabrics; partly this is simply to add to the available palette, but home-décor fabrics, especially velvets, often can be cut out very precisely because the edges don’t ravel. All sorts of things find their way into my work: stuff from the dollar store, things I find in the street, old paper out of falling-apart books or paper I’ve made…

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  • Female
  • Born on January 28
  • Joined April 18, 2009

Favorite materials

Yarn, fabric, beads

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About

A lot of people seem to feel that art should be about abstract concepts, larger themes, and big ideas. I feel that art can be about the smaller things that matter to us as individuals: daily life, food and flowers, well-known stories, community – and that images of those smaller things can be more accessible, be a pleasure to live with.

I choose fabric for my medium because I love the textural possibilities. And all those colours! If I can’t find the colour I want, I dye or paint my own muslin. I use a lot of home-décor fabrics; partly this is simply to add to the available palette, but home-décor fabrics, especially velvets, often can be cut out very precisely because the edges don’t ravel. All sorts of things find their way into my work: stuff from the dollar store, things I find in the street, old paper out of falling-apart books or paper I’ve made myself.

Sometimes my starting point will be an object or fabric. Maybe I’ve found a sparkly hoop earring in the street that someone’s lost, and I’ll make a face to “wear” it. Usually, though, something in my daily life will give me an idea, and the challenge is to find just the right material to represent an orange (textured vinyl that looks like a basketball), a vase (organza or transparent vinyl or lace), the lights of a street fair (a novelty yarn and a few sequins), a bird’s wing, a lighted window, a star.

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