I grew up in Richmond, Virginia admiring my mother who was a home economics teacher and my aunts who traveled the world. With Mother, I learned to practice the needle arts, except for quilting which didn't interest her. "We were never that poor," she said. With my aunts, I learned that there was an exciting world outside of Virginia and that it was available even to me.
After working as a Mathematician, I joined the Peace Corps to teach math in the South Pacific--my first encounter with radiant tropical fabrics and the exuberant combinations that were worn every day. After working in Peace Corps administration, my husband and I began a 10 year journey overseas for his work. Though I'd had a quilting book in the bathroom for 15 years and had taken a photography course before we left, both pursuits were postponed as we began our travels. It was in Pakistan that a woman from Indiana taught me the basics of quilting. My work became more original as we continued to move and as the children grew. And it was in Vermont that I began to study photography again and pursue taking digital photos as a complement to my work in fabric.
Our move to rural Vermont has given me new inspirations as I am surrounded by interesting shapes and varying palettes. It has also given me the opportunity to study art at local colleges and, now, the time to focus on the fabric I've collected and the geometry I love.