Minimalism has inspired me all my life. Modern home architecture, sleek automobile designs, jewelry, and paintings, especially the ones with simple uncluttered lines, always spoke to me. When I started making things, I tried to connect to those influences in my own work.
As a child growing up in Michigan during the 60’s, I started out making simple items: macramé purses with handmade wooden handles, collage with recycled wine labels, and jewelry made from found discarded items like seeds, stones, and shells. While attending the University of North Texas, I took classes in metal-smithing even though I was pursuing a degree in marketing. As luck would have it, I met a man, who would later become my husband, who also shared this same love for design and creating things. We started making jewelry from sterling silver, brass, copper, gold and semi-precious stones. We sold to galleries across the United States and at regional art shows.
While raising my two daughters, I transitioned to making things I could do with them, like using the recycled glass we would gather from our walks along the shores of Lake Grapevine, to create my jewelry line made from that glass set in sterling silver. During those years I also composed contemporary designed quilts made from baby clothes. For the past 15 years, my design energies have gone into the complete renovation and restoration of historic midcentury modern homes in Denton, Texas. The demands of fitting functional design as well as aesthetic considerations together was a new challenge that brought me a lot of knowledge as well as a deep sense of satisfaction.
My most recent compositions were born from a project involving my father in-law’s necktie collection. Working with these vintage silks to create family gifts was a starting point which later led me to vintage Meisen textiles used in Japanese kimonos from the 1920’s - 1950’s. Meisen silks are known for their use of contemporary modern design motifs. I use a piecing technique to create one-of-a-kind decorative pillows, eyeglass cases, and many other utilitarian items. Kona cotton and Shot cotton are used as accent fabrics to frame the silks. Creating new things from pieces that someone else made before me, I feel like I’m helping to preserve and honor the work that went into that original creation, but in a new and repurposed way that maintains the original beauty in a new fo