I am an artist and craftsperson currently creating woven visualizations of environmental and human rights statistics. As an artist and an educator, I value teaching as much as I appreciate creating work. I earned a BFA in Crafts, a BA in Art Education, and a National Board Certification for teaching art. I have had the privilege to teach art to students who were incarcerated and on probation, and I am also grateful for my opportunities to teach courses at The Crucible and Penland School of Crafts. I have earned various scholarships and grants, including a Lenore G. Tawney Fiber Scholarship and the Personal Development Grant from the Surface Design Association. I enjoyed completing artist residencies and research at the Icelandic Textile Center [Textílsetur Íslands], The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences, The Association of Icelandic Visual Arts [SÍM], Penland School of Crafts [Winter Residencies], Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts [Pentaculum], and soon The Arctic Circle.
I am currently weaving visualizations of environmental and human rights statistics using traditional craft techniques. I am particularly interested in the choices people make and how those conscious and unconscious decisions impact the greater society, other individuals, and the planet. I enjoy discovering how diverse people think about the world, learning new perspectives on sustainability and social justice, and finding inspiration in varied natural environments. It is also important to me to share those discoveries with others; as an artist and an educator, I value teaching as much as I appreciate creating work that explores current topics. My weavings examine a variety of issues from glacial retreat to youth incarceration and from responsible animal husbandry to the warming climate. Presently my work incorporates images and data about glaciers, declining ice masses, and the Arctic as visual symbols of our changing planet. I have found that woven pieces which incorporate information are not only a way for me to consider these topics while using consciously sourced materials, but that they are also an approachable way to create interest in discussing difficult topics that are often overlooked.