Vintage and Handmade Textiles imbue a life into my work that new and commercial fabrics simply cannot impart.
Fabrics have been my preferred medium for decades. My earlier works sought to bend fabrics to my will through any means necessary. Candles, heat-guns and torches were among the many devices in my tool box. I would twist, burn and melt the fibers to conform to my vision and fool the viewer into believing it was anything but fabric — an agave whose leaves would never rot … a monarch cocooned never to emerge and spread its wings … an uprooted lily in full-bloom never needing water.
While the pieces were delicate they were forged in a “heated” tug-of-war that melted fibers into submission.
Then a pandemic hit and I, like the rest of the world, cocooned. It was during those years that I stopped fighting the fabric to bend to my will. I started to imagine the spirit of those who once cherished these tattered and worn remnants. The wear of the fabric was evidence of all the joy they once gave to others.
I no longer struggle to bend fabrics to my wishes. Rather I look to tap into their “soul.” Many of my findings exhibit the patina of truly cherished items. These are just the signs of how much they were once loved; and that is not something to be hidden.
Education: BA, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, 1992
2022: Voluntad en Movimiento, Senado de la República, Ciudad de México, México
2018: WOW – World of WearableArt™, New Zealand, “Something Fishy: A Man-Eater Double Feature” awarded the Sustainability Award
2016: WOW – World of WearableArt™, New Zealand, “Hope for the Breast” exhibited
2014-2018: WOW – World of WearableArt™ Exhibition World Tour
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery | Townsville, Australia
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum | Honolulu, Hawaii
EMP Museum | Seattle
WAPeabody Essex Museum | Salem, MA
2012: World of WearableArt™, New Zealand, “aBRAcalypse Now” awarded Runner Up for the WETA Award
2012: Magenta Gallery, Group Show, San Miguel de Allende, MX
2011: Infinity Art Gallery, Political and Social Art Exhibit 2nd Place for El Árbol de las Lamentaciones (The Wailing Tree)
2011-2013: Off the Wall, WOW™ exhibit New Zealand museum tour
2011: World Textile Art Organization 11th Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art, Recyclability Salon, Museo Centro de las Artes de San Agustín, Oaxaca, Mexico
2010: World of WearableArt™, New Zealand, “Prickly Heat” awarded Commended World of WearableArt™ & Classic Car Museum Bizarre Bra® Section
2010: Projekt 30 Exhibition
2010: Upstream People Gallery
2010: Oasis, San Miguel de Allende, MX
Permanent Collections: The Huberman Collection | World of WearableArt™ Historic Collection