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I enjoy creating the unexpected from familiar scenes and everyday objects. A pasture with cows and a barn or a bygone building that I snap with my digital camera becomes a kaleidoscope of colors and textures printed onto cloth,then stitched and embellished by slow hands and a meditative spirit.

I save aluminum pull off lids from Kozy Shack pudding and sew them onto a painter's drop cloth printed with computer manipulated scans of the tops arranged in geometric designs. Then I construct an elegant purse using pipe cleaners, recycled metal from a bag found at the Salvation Army, novelty trims, antique buttons and spend hours embroidering around the circular shapes with hand dyed pearl cotton.

People who have lost beloved pets send me treasured photos that I transform into a pillow memorial that they can hug and still feel connected to that unconditional love.

I follow my intuition when combining imagery and my heart to guide my hand when piecing, quilting, and embroidering. The result is a uniqueness that supercedes the original photos.









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     In the 1980's I burned out from 15 years of teaching

elementary school and investigated techniques for

printing, painting, dyeing and manipulating fabric. Since

there were few instructions or supplies for working with

cloth, I went to the library and checked out a book on

Batik, the art of applying wax and dyes to fabric and paper.

I ordered the materials from California and began my

explorations. Batik was too time consuming so I invented

a technique that had similar characteristics. I painted

stripes of color onto a nappy paint roller normally used

for walls, and printed the designs onto recycled sheets.

Then at a craft fair, I saw an artist printing with a real

fish. I came home and experimented with one fish that

I caught and printed with for two years by keeping it in

my freezer. I added hand cut paper stencils, potato and

leaf prints, sponges, sponge brushes, and fabric markers

to my search for cheap and readily available tools. The

combination produced fabrics that were totally unique

and vibrant in color and texture.

I learned to sew at age 14 and made my own clothing.

Later I made outfits for my 2 young sons and my husband.

By mid 1980, I entered the new field called wearable art

and was juried into The Southern Highlands Craft Guild.

For the next 15 years, I continued my explorations while

participating in numerous art and craft fairs throughout

the Southeastern United States.

     In 1994, I completed a two month concentration in

photography at Penland School in North Carolina and

added photos and other imagery to my designs.

     In 2000 things changed dramatically after I purchased

a computer, printer and scanner, my holy trinity. Now

I could print my own fabric using photographs. I also

took workshops on various quilting techniques. I moved

away from wearables into framed two dimensional quilted

and embellished photo-collage.

This year I have entered the world of social media like

Facebook. This is very exciting because friends,family and

clients can see how I go about manifesting beauty, fun,

and artistic connections to people, places, and things.


My website, , contains links to my

Facebook business page as well as to my blog,


My work can be seen up close and personal at:


Allanstand Craft Shop, The Folk Art Center, Asheville, NC

Guild Crafts on Tunnel Road in Asheville, NC

The Design Gallery in Burnsville, NC


I am a member of Piedmont Craftsmen, Inc and L.I.N.T

(Ladies in New Textile) in addition to my 25 year member-

ship in The Southern Highlands Craft Guild.






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