Creating art out of fiber and stitch is my passion. In no other pursuit have I ever found the rewards and joy that I find in using textiles, thread, paint, beads, yarns, and whatever else inspires me to make an object of beauty to share with others.

My work is based in the quilting tradition of three layers stitched together, but the artistry of it goes far beyond the basic piecing of geometric shapes to create a bedcovering. You will see reflections of nature in my work as I live in a valley in the Rocky Mountains of Western Montana surrounded by mountains, rivers, streams and my own garden. Color and texture inspire my work and they are my palette.

I write about what I am doing with my art and where I hope to go. I create, I write, I teach, I share and I think about my art and tell you about it all on the pages of my blog.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Spring in Montana

My garden is waking up! I looked out my studio window yesterday and saw a bright spot of yellow amongst last year's dry brown foliage--crocuses! What a nice spark to my day!

Now back into my studio to get some new work done for my May solo show!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Sophisticated Fiber

In April of 2012 a group of fiber artists will be showing their work at River's Mist Gallery of Fine Art on Main Street in Stevensville, Montana. I have been busy gathering these artists together and communicating with them to get this show organized and provide a strong overview of the level of fiber art that is being created in the Bitterroot and Missoula valleys here in Montana. I am honored to have curated this show and help share the work of these creative women.

The artists include:

Heidi Zielinski, Quilted Fiber Art

Jamie Grant, Quilted Fiber Art

Susan Wetzsteon, Quilted Fiber Art

Mickey Frissell, Quilted Fiber Art

Marcy Frissell, Wearable Art

Kerstin Seifert, Wearable Art

Bev Ralls, Repurposed Fiber Bags/Purses

Shelley Peters, Felted Alpaca Wool Hats

Judy Hartz, Fiber Bowls

Pam Cozby, Fiber Vases/Vessels

This should be an exciting show displaying artwork by some very talented and skilled local artists. I hope you will join us for the reception on Friday, April 6, from 6pm to 9pm, or stop into the gallery during the month of April and enjoy the show! As always, the artwork is for sale and all of the artists hope that you might find something interesting to take home with you after the show is done!