I am truly motivated by process and I love to scaffold hands-on material explorations with conceptual ideas. Random integers, Marxist theory, colour theory and double weave all at the same time.
In my studio practice, material limitations often bump up against the structures and processes I have chosen to work with, creating a tension that sparks a point of interest and pushes me towards my next inquiry. Often I think I could do this the rest of my life and remain a beginner. Mastery is something I admire in others and hope I will achieve one day.
I always begin with formal and informal research into my environment, personal memories and contemporary culture. Visual explorations of unseen structures such as mapping, repetition, hidden geometries, or patterns are explored through photography, collage and mark making before being executed in dyed, woven or stitched structures.
Formally, I have a BA in Communications from SFU and a diploma in Textile Art from Capilano University. After a career in corporate communications I chose to go back to school to re-discover my need to make things. There I discovered weaving and have been smitten ever since. My background in project management is often helpful and sometimes a hindrance. I love finding the elusive "flow" when I sit down at the loom but I have to switch off parts of my brain to achieve it.
Informally, I love a good single origin "builder's" tea, I have a deep respect for those who understand how to use Helvetica, I fear my cat and I try to spend as much time with my family as I can. Anni Albers, Agnes Martin and Louise Bourgeois are among the great many women artists I admire.
I am grateful to be able to live in Vancouver, BC with my husband and two children.