I am a nurturing person with a creative soul as well as a mother with two amazing adult children. In a previous life, I worked in the public school system as an Educational Interpreter with multiply disabled or minimal language skilled students, which means I interpreted for deaf and special needs students. During the summer and weekends I worked with special needs individuals in recreational settings. In these jobs I was presented daily with outlets for my creativity.
I am now disabled, unable to work and enjoy expressing my creativity through a variety of media. I also like finding ways to combine both my skills and the materials I have available to me. Recently my pieces tend to combine combinations of crochet, pottery, kumihimo and basketry. During the past year in addition to the reed I have used for basketry I began incorporating pine needles which I am able to gather around my Central Florida home into my work.
Some of my pieces start with a crochet hook and thread as I crochet a doily or motif to press into wet clay. The clay goes through its many processes before it is ready for me to begin to weave, often adding hand made beads as I do. Time passes and my excitement mounts as I begin to see my pieces develop. What began as a ball of thread and a lump of clay slowly turns into a vase or covered pot surrounded by a decorative basket or perhaps a votive allowing candlelight to dance through a pattern carved into the pottery as well as woven into the reed. Itʼs also possible the thread and clay become a pii plate, a necklace woven on my marudai or a cabochon surrounded by pine needles and shaped into a turtle or basket.
Whatever the outcome I hope you enjoy my work as much as I enjoy making it.