I have made a very deliberate decision to make quilts as art objects. Their social and historical context and the nonhierarchical tradition of teaching and learning have created a generous creative and educational environment in which to work. I have developed my processes in academic settings, through grassroots teaching, at craft schools, dye companies, and through the use of media.
My newest work was constructed using customary sewing materials and techniques. Hand embroidery, applique, and machine stitching have been combined with surface design processes such as: thickened dye application; screen-printing; monotype; dye discharge; and paste resist. The marks I make are created through a combination of printmaking techniques and the direct application of dye using a paint spatula and a brush. I use line, texture, shape, and color to create visual interest. It is the expressive qualities found in these characteristics that enable me to make an emotional connection with an art object and compel me to continue working.