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There was never a time that I wasn’t involved in art. When I was 2 my Mom taught me to sew. When I was 3, I learned to crochet. When I was 4, I was enrolled in my first program at the Toledo Museum of Art. Not once, since then, has my artistic exploration slowed. If anything, it has gained momentum.
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There was never a time that I wasn’t involved in art. When I was 2 my Mom taught me to sew. When I was 3, I learned to crochet. When I was 4, I was enrolled in my first program at the Toledo Museum of Art. Not once, since then, has my artistic exploration slowed. If anything, it has gained momentum.
When asked as a very young child “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I inevitably answered “an artist”. That still rings true today, though on occasion I have been known to answer with one word, “Eccentric”. I think the two tend to go hand in hand. Don’t you?
For 15 years I worked in the retail field as a visual merchandising specialist with a focus in retail business analysis. My philosophy was that a store should look terrific with a purpose. If it isn’t going to affect the bottom-line in a positive way, there is probably a better solution. Now that I work in my own studio, I offer my expertise in retail to independent businesses in the form of training and consultations. If you’d like more information on the opportunities available in this venue just let me know.
In 2003 we purchased a turn of the century church in Downtown Defiance Ohio and set out to create a unique live/work space in the old building. The experience of working with an historic space, renovating it to become a modern home with the character of the past, and living in such a space for 8 years was invaluable to my freedom as a designer and artist. After all, there are no rules when you live in a repurposed building. No one is saying “but think of the resale value” because those naysayers can’t imagine the rules for such a project. Now, in 2012 living in an 1865 Post & Beam farm house on 1.5 acres in Ney, Ohio, I have discovered yet another level of exploration and experience in live/work space.
In 2005 my first pattern books for handknitters were released for Catalina Yarns. Essential Luxuries and Chunky Essentials each offer patterns for the modern hand knitter in a variety of sizes and styles. Later that year I collaborated on the book 220: 220 Patterns Using Cascade 220. Additional patterns have been featured in Cast On Magazine, Knit Net Magazine and my accessories for hand knitters were featured in Vogue Knitting, Knit 1 and Knit Simple magazines under the name Urban Tribal Wear.
Now my time is spent exploring the creative opportunities of my fields of interest which currently include: ceramics, weaving, knitting, painting, jewelry making, sewing, graphic design, marketing, interior design, and retail design. I draw inspiration from my environment, hoping to share the beauty of this raw landscape with the photography of my work.
I hope you receive enjoyment from my work and my musings as much as I enjoy offering them to you. Read Less
Member Since: Jul 12, 2012