I started this fabric surface design journey in 2009 when I was writing my newspaper column, Telling Your Story, about local artists. I learned about dyes and I was hooked.
I’ve always loved crafts, and I learned so much from those I interviewed. What sent me over the edge into dyeing was my interview with Karen Hampton, a local fabric artist. For her article I wrote about her beautiful snow dyed pieces. After leaving her house I couldn’t wait until we had snow. When it finally snowed, I snow dyed and wanted more. Because snow is made of ice particles, I decided I’d just try ice cubes. And ice dyeing was born! I was so happy with my results that with the encouragement of fellow artist Kathy Sands, I contacted Quilting Arts. My first ice dyeing article was published in 2011.
One of my very first ice dyeing pieces hangs on my studio wall to remind me of this journey. I call it Mayo’s Garden, named after my grandma.
I’ve dabbled in a variety of crafts over the years. One of my major loves has been photography which started when Mom and Dad gave me one of those boxy Brownies. I graduated to Kodak Instamatic, moved on to a Canon SLR, and now I’m on my sixth digital camera, but really use my Iphone most of the time since getting it in December 2017.
I also was a quilter years ago, but I just couldn’t get that perfect 1/4 inch. I’ve found my fabric surface design doesn’t require perfection, or maybe I’ve become less rigid.
You’ll see on my blog that in addition to fabric art, I draw a bit on rocks, garden, make soap, and bake a little.
It’s been a fun journey and I hope you will join me as I continue to create, and hopefully inspire.
If you’d like to contact me personally, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for dropping by.