I was nine years old the first time I attempted to complete a sewing project with an antique, foot powered, treadle sewing machine and it was a disaster. For a long time after that, I had a horrible fear of sewing by machine. However, after years of sewing by hand (I was the Goth girl doing counted cross-stitch samplers during lunch in high school), I conquered my fears and have been sewing by machine and by hand ever since.
I primarily work with found textiles. I like having to work within the parameters of only using what I have. And I’m also always thinking about the past lives of these bits and pieces.
A lot of my work is based on very traditional American quilt block design. Some pieces are very literal. Some are stretched beyond recognition.