In the age of the disposable, I find materials in the superabundance of textile detritus— discarded clothes, household linens, unfinished quilt tops, and long abandoned handwork.  I blend the techniques and conventions of industrial garment manufacturing, textile crafts, and fine arts to bring these worlds into conversation: waste is repurposed, rethought, and reworked to connect human hands, memories, machines, and global economic networks.  My methods include hand and machine sewing, serging, dying, bleaching, stretching, ripping, mending, and curiosity. I am always surprised by the distortions that occur as I mount the pieces on stretchers. The physical tension becomes visible.  Shapes warp and seams fail.  Flaws in the fabric become seeds of disintegration: tears to witness or mend.  The resulting works are responses to the materials’ prior lives, the found colors, patterns, and intrinsic character of the woven and knit materials themselves.​

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