My mixed-media textile pieces are derived from my interest in shapes, colors, reflections and the effects of shadow and light. In adapting graphic forms, I refine the core of my subject and omit all unessential elements to uncover its underlying character. Each piece becomes an intense exploration of the graphic matter; shapes, colors and textures brought together to become a cohesive work of art.
As an integral part of the overall design of my pieces, I apply different textile design techniques to my fabrics using textile dyes and paints. My creative process becomes a dialogue between the actual image and the result I want to express. My use of surface design techniques adds layers of color, depth and textures to my work not possible in a single medium. I employ surface design and mixed media techniques such as screen printing, painting, discharging, photo transfer, stitching and embellishing into and onto my surfaces.
The “threadstokes” or quilting stitches (stitching into three or more layers of fabric) that I work into my pieces further complete the transformation of the cloth into a unified work of art. I quilt with free-motion machine and hand quilted stitches into each piece. The stitch patterns and thread colors add levels of involvement to each piece and create a variety of textures.