Art, graphic design and especially sewing, have always been passions of mine. I have been sewing since I was a child, but because I have also been a dancer, most of my early sewing experience was with costumes. I attended Adelphi University and majored in dance, and while there studied costume design. Having had no other formal training as an artist I have always had an interest in art and graphic design. Several years ago I was introduced to the technique of free style quilting and discovered a way of combining my sewing experience and artistic desires. Incorporating the basic technique that I learned originally, I have since developed a style of my own through trial and error and by studying many other fabric artists. My work appears in many private collections throughout the United States and has won several awards in both the Fabric and Art worlds.
A piece begins with a photograph, most of which I have personally taken of local scenes. The actual process is similar to painting: my sewing machine being my brush and my fabric and thread being my medium. Fabric is layered, stitched on a sewing machine using the free motion technique, and the excess fabric is cut away for each element of the piece. Thread and tulle are then used as shading or accents. My intent is to depict as much detail as possible using the mediums of fabric and thread. Pieces can then be matted and framed or soft bound with fabric.