I am a fiber artist, living and working in Charlotte, NC. I layer color to create form and texture, counting missteps as design elements that are sometimes more beautiful and interesting than the original concept. In this manner, I try to connect with the viewer through my work. I share the pleasure of discovering the beauty in the world around me. I am often fueled by nature, the breadth of colors, textures, and organic shapes and forms. My fine art and wearable works are the mixture of abstraction and reality which reflects my particular experiences in life. I am interested in design, arranging shapes and colors while exploring the diversity of forms and structures. I achieve these results using mixture of watercolor on paper with embroidery or through silk batiks.
I created this sketchbook, "Tactile", for my grandmothers. One taught me the love of watercolor and the other taught me love of fiber, teaching me to sew. Both had a significant impact on who I am as a person and who I am as an artist today. I created this book combining both of my favorite mediums but also with a larger purpose. My grandmother, who once had a passion to create with watercolor has recently lost her sight due to macro degeneration. This means she has lost the sight of color, detail, art, family, everything that is meaningful to see as an artist. Therefore, I focused on the texture becoming the art. A dimensional aspect creates not only a visual experience but a tactile experience as well. This allows anyone to make a connection with my art, even if they can't see it. The idea to loose one's sight as an artist can take your breath away, the very idea that I have a risk due to the hereditary nature of the disease makes me fearful. At the same time it makes me grateful. The colors I see are brighter, the art I visit is more appreciated, and the details in the world around me are noticed. I hope by feeling this book, the same perspective is achieved.
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