Hello and welcome to my page.
I grew up in Santa Cruz and have always expressed myself through fiber arts and color.From childhood onward I was drawn to fabric, dyes and fiber which I used for making my own puppets, costumes and dolls. As an adult I obtained a degree in fashion design which led me to a career that took me around the world into the realm of movie special effects. Though I have ventured into many different areas, I always find myself coming back to where I began: fiber, color, creatures and costumes
In recent years I have fallen in love with wool. It can be made into fabric or sculpted into a 3 dimensional form. It is now the primary medium I work in. I buy my wool as whole fleeces directly from small farms where the sheep are humanely raised and sheared. I take the fleece through all the steps from washing to dyeing and preparation for felting.
The Story of CryBabies One of the things I have been having fun with is the tiny felt dolls I call “Crybabies” In 1997 I was working on the movie “Fight Club.” The director, David Fincher, would (tongue in cheek) refer to the crew as “crybabies” if there were any complaints. I was making the fat costume for Bob (the character with enormous breasts played by Meat Loaf) and was inspired to make a tiny “Bob” doll for Mr. Fincher. I called it a “Crybaby” 23 years later, during the Covid lockdown, with some time on my hands. I was inspired to make a series of dolls with little toys and call them “CryBabies”.
Needle felting and wet felting. Many people are familiar with needle felting, which is the art of creating a 3 dimensional figure or surface design by using a special needle to form the wool fibers. For wearable art such as hat making or shawls, I use the process of wet felting. Wet felting is a more free form method where water, soap and friction do the work of bonding the fibers. I love the versatility of wool and often allow the characteristics of the wool to take my design where the fiber leads. When silk or other fabrics are used as the base, the process is called Nuno.
Please come visit me at open studios where I will be demonstrating the techniques of wet felting and needle felting. I am looking forward to offering classes soon where I will be sharing what I know and maybe inspiring more to explore this rich world of fiber and color with me.