It was several years after I'd graduated with a Fine Arts degree in Ceramic Design that I discovered the Loom. I'd always loved textiles and in the 70's there was a revival of interest in hand weaving as part of the return to the simple life movement of the time. When I learned to weave at a shop in Georgetown called "The Silver Shuttle" I knew that I'd found my medium.
In the early years I wove my share of lumpy ponchos and wooly things to hang on the wall. For 12 years I taught weaving in the Old School in Waterford, VA. I had a three year stint doing production weaving for Roz Harris Designs. At this job I wove scarves designed by someone else which sold in stores like Neiman Marcus, Saks and Bergdorf’s. As boring as the weaving was, I improved my skills and control of the process considerably. After that I designed and wove rugs using yarns colored with natural dyes.
Currently I am designing and making one of a kind special occasion bags. Beginning with a unique swatch of hand-woven fabric, I shape and construct each bag to complement the structure and pattern of that fabric. I think of each bag as a little sculpture. Each one presents its own visual and structural problems which I enjoy solving. I love to make beautiful things that people handle and use.