I have been involved with fiber in one form or another for over 30 years. I took my first weaving class in 1978. I have studied spinning and exhibited my soft sculpture at art shows.
In 2010 I started needle-felting, then moved on to traditional wet felting, taking workshops and classes with well-known felt artists, including Andrea Graham, Jean Gauger, Pamela MacGregor, Fiona Duthie, Sharit van der Meer, Elis VerMuelen, Martien van Zuilen, Dawn Edwards, and Chad Alice Hagen.
My work has been included at the Textile Center of Minnesota, the Kalamazoo Institute of Art, and Krasl Art Center Holiday shows, the Textile Arts Market and Design Quest Gallery, both in Grand Rapids, MI, and Grove Gallery and Studios in East Lansing, MI. In 2012, I participated in the Blue Ridge Fiber Show in Asheville, NC, winning First and Third prizes in the professional felting division. In 2013, I was included in the Handweavers Guild of America “Small Expressions” exhibit in St. Charles, IL and Kennedy Heights Art Center’s exhibit “All the Eyes Can Hold” in Cincinnati, OH. I participated in the 4th Annual Regional Juried Show at the Center for the Arts in South Haven, MI, the Felt United Exhibition in Plainwell, MI and the juried competitions at the Michigan League of Handweavers Conference in Holland, MI, winning Best in Show & Judge’s Choice in the Fashion Accessories division. My felt vessel “Seiche” was included in the inaugural issue of the Russian magazine “Felt Fashion.”
In 2014, I received the Handweavers Guild of America Mearl K. Gable Grant to attend Martien van Zuilen’s “Sculptural Felted Nests” workshop and the Michigan League of Handweavers Learning Grant to participate in Dawn Edwards’ “Explorations of Nuno Felting and Eco Printing” workshop during the MLH conference at Hope College. A piece was juries into the West Michigan Area Show at the KIA, and three pieces into the MLH Biennial Exhibition where I won Honorable Mention.
I am inspired by the versatility and resilience of felt. It lends itself to the decorative and functional alike and I am continually excited by the endless possibilities that this medium presents.