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Art has always been an integral part of my life. I descend from four generations of artistic needlewomen. I still have the silk and lace, hand beaded wedding gown my paternal great grandmother made for her daughter in 1912. Its assymetrical design fascinates me. My mother learned to sew from her mother, who was an artist and business woman in San Francisco. She taught me to sew on their hand powered Singer when I was a child.
I studied fine arts in college and continued a life long interest in sewing and embroidery during my career in marketing. About fifteen years ago, I began designing and sewing decorative pillows. This evolved into an interest in artistic handbags. After a few years, I began making wall hangings as well as purses. I taught myself how to use Photoshop and how to print on fabric. I used many techniques including appliqué, beading and embossed metal. In 2006, I bought a Bernina computer sewing machine with embroidery software. I was serious about using it and painstakingly worked my way through the 51 tutorial lessons. By learning to design and stitch out my original embroidery images, I greatly broadened what I could "say" through my artwork. Although primarily self-taught, I have taken many workshops, studied books and experimented to learn new techniques. All my work is one-of-kind.
In 2003, we were accepted into the Southern Highland Craft Guild. We have taken part in the Toe River Studio Tours, have been in numerous gallery shows, and welcome people to our studios.