The making of woven cloth is at the core of my artistic practice. My investigation into making cloth stems from those dualities inherent in its value, structure, meaning, production, visual impact, craft and history. What I hope to achieve in my cloth is an abstraction formed around dualities. In the work and textiles I produce there is a consistency of influences. As I weave my body around the halls of museums or my eyes around architectural references and words, the layering of their influences starts to overlap and under lap, touch and diverge. Using a multilayered or mosaic-like approach to research is how I work. Weaving together a sort of atlas of influence and memory, my aim is to demonstrate the evocative power of images which occur/recur, to expose their impact, their nature, to explain how they function, how they infect one another.
The strategies of research and studio work are central to my work. Looking at the coexisting worlds of art, design, craft and architecture, I am always delighted by the complexity of the textile discipline. I appreciate the opportunity to teach students of diverse backgrounds, including both graduate and undergraduate textile students as well as students from architecture, painting, printmaking, industrial design and craft mediums. I believe this variety is essential to experience fully the excitement in the art form and its uses in functional and nonfunctional objects.
My teaching is reflective and responsive to the life of the entire class, as well as to the creative development of its individual students. I begin with the goal of fusing material, color and pattern investigations by teaching the skills that will grant the student the ability to question the medium and discover new ideas. As an academic and artist, I work to encourage interest and critical thought by exposing students to the domains of the history and current practice in the textile field as well as architecture, art and design fields using a variety of films, discussions and presentations. My own education has been extremely rewarding and I strive to provide students with the same experience.
ProfessorKutztown University of PA // PA, USA
ProfessorSavannah College of Art & Design // GA, USA
ProfessorUniversity of Georgia // GA, USA
InstructorRhode Island Scool of Design // RI, USA