I have been involved in Fibre Arts since my first venture into sewing at the age of 10. Inspired by my mom's love of sewing and needle arts, my Barbie dolls were the best dressed in town. Such glorious embroidered gowns!
I dreamed of being a window dresser. Every trip to a large city fueled my creative energy. Those windows at Eaton's and Woodward's told stories I wanted to be a part of. Back home these thoughts went to the back burner as I contented myself with sewing and embroidering all manner of stuff.
Being left handed had it's challenges back in the days when teachers were determined that my hand work looked "backwards" and that I should be doing things the right way. Because of this I was and continue ( maybe out of habit) to be self taught.
While I was a stay at home mom I had a small business selling my crafts at local markets and retail shops. As my children grew more independent I traded in my needles for brushes and went to work as a commercial and residential decorative artist. Those were the days of climbing ladders and scaffolds, working on award winning projects with teams of talented people. When my body started pleading for mercy I moved on to Visual Merchandising where I fulfilled my dream of telling stories with beautiful displays of giftware.
Now I find I have come full circle. On my work table the colors are laying about wait for me - now I am back to fibres and threads and yarns and silks and beads and lace and locks and.......