#42, or What's it all about?

Since I felt silly trying to write an "artist statement", I named mine after British author Douglas Adams' favorite number - 42. His work was pure silliness and nonsense, which is what life should probably be most of the time but too often isn't. #42 makes no sense to anything at all, and neither does my work half the time, but that's okay, it's ART!

"Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death" -Auntie Mame

I've been designing and creating quilted fiber pieces since 1992, when I was working on my MFA. I was studying to be a printmaker and graphic designer, with the idea of becoming a children's book illustrator, or graphic designer. I still hope to illustrate a book someday, but maybe it will be on cloth instead of paper.

I stumbled into fibers when I took an elective fibers class in graduate school, where I was introduced to art quilts. I was instantly hooked, and loved having the ability to combine my illustrations, fabric, and other media. Thanks Joan Lintault!

I often work in two distinctly different styles, but my subject matter is often the same in either category: animals and nature, to man-made objects, and because I have a quirky sense of humor, this comes out in many of my quilts as well. I'm very eclectic in all parts of my life, so I throw in odd bits and pieces from everywhere.

My illustrated quilts are drawn on muslin, with a fine-point black marker, and color is added through paints, or colored pencils, and then quilted by machine or hand. I often embellish the surface with embroidery, beads, or other objects that show up in my life.

My appliqued, or fabric collage quilts, are made by cutting and layering fabrics, and then stitching them down by machine or hand. The quilting is done at the same time this way. As with the illustrated pieces, I might also add embellishments to the surface.