Teaching Artist/Instructor: Guest Speaker for Schools/Classrooms, Multi-Day Artist Residency for Schools/Classrooms, Private Lessons for Kids, Workshop Presenter for Schools/Classrooms; Visual Arts: Crafts, Fiber, Mixed Media, Textiles, Visual Arts Instructor; multi activities for ESE students, camp field trips and private groups
My handwoven wearables in natural fibers integrate a variety of techniques. A favorite is Leno-lace, with which I shape imagery as I progress up the warp on a 4-harness loom. Tri-weaving allows a simple technique to mix in a myriad of textures, colors, trims, or beads. Another is handspinning, whirling "art yarns" with fleece from my sheep that are hand-dyed on a fire with nature's colors. And a related activity, paper-making, brings together fiber, color, and collage. I demo any of these processes for schools, camp field trips, and kid's or adult workshops. Various activities have developed through VSA artist residencies for ESE students in schools since 1980. For the "Dyed 'N Wool" activities, my home studio/farmette now welcomes visiting groups of young artists. Come feed the sheep, weave on the loom, find out where color really comes from, and create a take-home project. Or I can come to you with all equipment and maybe a lamb, too. For selected wearables, my work is shown at local galleries or festivals, and exhibited around the Southeast since 1980.