|Bamboo Motif on Silk
45” x 96” (3 panels)
Silk - dyed, discharged, resisted,
over-dyed, needle felt and stitching
As an emerging artist, I create fiber art to
explore, experiment and problem-solve in order to produce a result. It
energizes me, provides me with a sense of pride and brings fresh delight into
my life -- and yes, frustration as well -- as I study, learn, struggle, and
eventually feel a hint of success. I hope to use the acquired techniques and
eventual competency of the tools to connect with other people on an individual
as well as a community basis as the mysteries of my creative inner world
surface and transform.
began working with silk because I love the feel of the cloth, the strength
found within the apparent fragility of the fiber and the way it thirsts for and
absorbs color. At this point in my development as a fiber artist, there is not
one technique or process that I would call ‘mine’. I have not found my voice. However,
I have found a word that inspires and guides me. The word is ‘path’.
word ‘path’ can evoke images that are literal (as in stepping stones),
directional (path of a hurricane) or course of action (path to higher education).
Currently, I am drawing upon my experiences from a trip to Kyoto Japan and the
visual and emotional connection I had to the gardens, bamboo forests and the Japanese
sense of balance between ease and tension with a sprinkle of the unexpected. I
am inspired to create fiber art that has the characteristics of a literal path
through a Japanese garden … light that reverberates, layers of color and
texture and different visual experiences dependent upon whether viewed coming
As I move
forward I hope to hold onto the “beginners mind” as I add richness (authenticity)
and depth (truth) to my art both as a visual and emotional expression. “The
journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” This is my path and
this is my first step.