The first version I wrote of the history paragraph included my father and his influence/effect on my life and who I am. And then I realized (lightbulb!) that I did not need to include him here. That I now understand that what I found/find so traumatic about my relationship with him (my “committee”) is my response to his involvement. My response. So that is now about me and not him anymore. And my response was indicative of my personality—who I am and was. About I much I cared and wanted to please. About my desire to be successful, honorable and strong. I am still that person but with lots of years under my belt and with many people in my life who have loved me well without trying to overpower me. And I can describe myself and my work without including my father any more. So, here is my piece with no mention of my father (other than this opening statement) and I feel so much better about it!
I grew up 14 acres of land with few neighbor children. My brothers were busy with sports and my sister was 7 years younger. So I spent many hours by myself wandering over our property and in the contiguous woods talking to the animals, birds, deer, flowers, trees and water. We were encouraged to be active and spend time with productive activities which did not include art. The closest I came was to creatively sew my own clothes from age 7 on and decorating our home for holidays.
Years later after high school, college, a secretarial course, job, marriage and 4 children I discovered quiltmaking. I loved working with fabric, color and stitching. When an annual quilt conference offering classes began in my area I took every art quilt and design course available learning quilt construction and patchwork methods; dye and surface design techniques on fabric; stitch and embellishment. More recently I have studied design skills, and how to clarify what I want to show and say in my work. I design on a design wall—beginning with an idea, constructing part of the piece, then adding more fabric or stitching, (sometimes even covering up what is there or cropping it off) until it seems ready for the final assembly and quilting.
Nature inspires the forms I use. Shape, line, texture and color are derived from the subject motivating the work. Sometimes the fiber piece has a destination and the patterning derives from that. I make many bed and wrapping quilts for charity and to commemorate family events—births, graduations, weddings. I believe that a quilt made with love brings that love into the owner’s live. I listen to recorded books and music while I work and know that these themes also enter the quilt. Memory quilts for times in my life bring closure and peace to me. Photographs taken by myself or my husband provide subjects for wall pieces. Working with different forms of quilts and other fiber art maintain my interest and passion as they help me express who I am in this world among other people and in my life.
- Representing what Bobb and I have seen and done—ref. photos
- Representing what our grandchildren love and do
- Nature: flowers, birds, trees, water, sky, stone, reflection, distortion
- Balance through imbalance
- Poetic thoughts