Jewelry & wearable fibers
I adorn women and I am honored that so many allow my work to be a part of their daily ritual.
In childhood I had been exposed to lapidary work and jewelry making through both sets of grandparents (lucky me!). But it wasn't until my twenties, while collecting beautiful beach rocks, that I started seriously thinking about becoming a jeweler. Twenty plus years later, I am still in love with beach rocks as personal adornment. Add a pearl, a fossil, some silver and a carnelian or peridot and I am a happy girl.
I have been dabbling with fiber off and on for years. At present I mostly felt and dye. I raise my own alpaca. I think I might be the only person in this region who is nuno felting alpaca (a combination of silk and wool that results in a light flowy garment). I do a number of dye techniques but a favorite is ice dyeing. It gives you a soft Monet's garden look that I think is just beautiful.
I love the creativity and independence that being an artist gives me. I also enjoy the people it brings me into contact with.
My work can be found at:
Front Street Gallery, Poulsbo
Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
Gallery 9, Port Townsend
Mad Hatter & Co, Port Townsend
Wish, Port Gamble
or by making a studio appointment