I am a fabric artist and dyer, working from my home on Pender Island.
I have been exploring and producing surface art on cloth for many years, beginning with a course in batik at Evelyn Roth’s Summer School of Art in Vancouver, 1969. My interest began with my studies in art and art history at school and university.
As an Early Childhood Educator I taught creative art to young children. That is, I encouraged and supported their self expression through their drawings, paintings and storytelling.
I have always been interested in pattern and colour. Perhaps it was the fascination with my paisley comforter
during childhood that resurfaced when I began working with wax and dyes. I batiked clothing, wall hangings and mandalas.
However, working with wax did not transition well to my island life.
After taking workshops with the Maiwa Textile Symposia in Vancouver, I began working with Shibori techniques to create pattern. Shibori is a traditional Japanese technique of manipulating cloth in various ways to create areas which resist the dyes while other areas take up the dyes. The patterns produced have an element of surprise!
I work on ready-made clothing and scarves, made of natural fibres such as cotton, silk, rayon and hemp. I use both procion fibre reactive dyes which bond with the cloth, and natural dyes such as indigo. With my hand cut blocks, stencils and fabric paints I create original images.
I am inspired by natural forms such as the spiral in ferns, the shape of sea stars, and by the prehistoric art of our ancestors on carved stone (petroglyphs) and painted caves (pictographs).