I first learned to weave on a cricket loom in a class offered at Knit One in Oxford, MS, by Penny Nelson and Peggy Barnett from Sky Loom Weavers in Cat Springs, TX in 2011. Although I only wove a scarf that day, I was soon using my cricket loom to re-create patterns I’d seen in Navajo and Rio Grande weavings during my travels in the American Southwest. Soon after, I had built my own upright loom and began taking other classes to develop my skills and refine my techniques from Mary Velasquez at Tierra Wools in Los Ojos, NM; Teresa Loveless at Weaving Southwest in Taos, NM; Heather Howard from Dixon, NM, and Mary Zicafoose at the Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC. I purchased the used Rio Grande Walking loom (40" weaving width) that I now use from the Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center in Espanola, NM. I also weave on a 60" (weaving width) Cranbrook loom, and a 32" (weaving width) Macomber loom.
I am inspired by the colors and patterns of the canyons and mountains of the American landscape. Having worked as an ecologist and being of a scientific disposition generally, I often incorporate mathematical series and natural geometries, and interesting asymmetries, into the designs of my stripe, tapestry, twill and ikat weavings.
In late 2018, I was selected to participate in the 2019 Mississippi Invitational at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson, MS; two of my pieces (Eye-dazzler and Dusk in the Canyon) will be exhibited there June 29-August 11, 2019.
I hope you enjoy the pictures of my weavings. If you are interested in purchasing a weaving or having one designed and woven especially for you, please contact me by e-mail.