I have played with material ever since a child, working with
embroidery, batik, knitting and quilting; combining these techniques with found
objects and driftwood. My main focus in the use of fabric seems to be in the
recycling of used material...reforming it to make it useful and attractive. I
rarely use purchased material, preferring to deal with the throwaways and odds
and ends of other craft folks. There is something powerful in the transformation
of the unwanted into the desirable, both in terms of human beings and in the
material their world has created. It is similar to composting, where kitchen
wastes are transformed into fertile soil.
I am constitutionally unable to keep to a pattern, and while this produces some
despairing moments, it also creates some original pieces, when they are finally
saved from their inaccuracies. I would have produced a different body of work
had my techniques been more finely honed and my attention to detail more
exacting. As it is I am still that child playing with fibre and color and
relishing the romp.