I am primarily inspired by nature. Perception of the natural world informs all of my woven works in a very abstract way. My hope is that the imagery conjures up similar memories for viewers.
Also inspired by the power of women, I have been using female imagery, or symbols, in an attempt to allow the viewer to relate in his/her own personal way without actually focusing on particular issues. Because the image in each piece is subtle, she clearly could represent a woman of any time period anywhere in the world. Ultimately, I'm also trying to convey the strength of women over time and space.
At one time quilts were my medium of choice because they exemplify women’s work historically. In addition, I incorporated yarn that I spun from wool and silk, also exemplary of women’s traditional work. Later I began to include woven elements into my quilted works. My more recent work has eliminated the quilted component completely and I am now focused on the woven piece, still woven primarily from hand spun wool and silk. I believe that utilizing traditional techniques in a contemporary way helps to draw attention to the lives of women. On a more personal level, it gives me a sense of continuity with other women – historically and globally.