In my earlier life I was an academic: professor, author, researcher, administrator. When I retired from academia in 2011, I began making textile art. I’ve studied for several years with Nancy Crow, who was willing to take me on as a student before I could cut a straight line or sew a straight seam. Her work and her students, who constitute an extraordinarily talented and supportive community, inspire me every day to create and learn. If learning keeps you young, I’ll be a kindergartner all the rest of my life.
A quilt, most simply defined, is three layers of cloth sewn together. I create abstract quilts to explore ideas about perception and meaning, both of which are inherently layered constructs, often in the context of mazes and pathways. I use simple lines and shapes, repeated, resized, turned, twisted, interlocked. I work in black and white to emphasize the layered interplay of lines and shapes. I work in color because color adds its own vocabulary of perception and meaning.