Exploring the ancient  fossils in the Burgess Shale Formation at the top of the Canadian Rockies after a long hike.

Exploring the ancient  fossils in the Burgess Shale Formation at the top of the Canadian Rockies after a long hike.

I am a weaver and fiber artist working in my studio on a mountain peak.  I enjoy working with local, organic fibers, found and repurposed materials, and sometimes even wool from rescue sheep.  I'm thoughtful about all the materials I utilize and I'm passionate about weaving with ethical wool and naturally dyed fibers. I try to make thoughtful and sustainable choices about my weaving materials and everything else in my life. I am currently focused on weaving visualizations of environmental and human rights statistics, as well as contemporary pieces using traditional craft techniques.

As an artist and an educator, and I value teaching as much as I love creating work myself.  I earned a BFA in Crafts and a BA in Art Education.  I earned my National Board Certification for teaching art and I am passionate about helping everyone learn through the arts regardless of their age, interests, abilities, or circumstances.  I had the privilege to teach art to students who were incarcerated and on probation, and I am also grateful for my opportunities to teach various youth and adult courses at The Crucible.

To develop my practice as a craftsperson, I have earned several scholarships, including a Lenore G. Tawney Fiber Scholarship.  These have enabled me to learn skills to advance my practice at Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and Peters Valley School of Craft.  I have also been lucky enough to complete residencies at the Icelandic Textile Center, Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences, and Penland School of Crafts. 

When I’m not weaving, dyeing, or spinning, I’m probably exploring the woods around my studio, taking pictures of our local elk herd, fixing up old fiber equipment, fostering a giant dog, or playing in the snow!

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One of my many inspiring Iceland adventures.

One of my many inspiring Iceland adventures.

My dreamy sunlit studio in our century old cabin home.

My dreamy sunlit studio in our century old cabin home.