‘Make’ is the category that represents all other areas of fiber that I work with such as natural dyeing, felting, sewing, stitching, and occasionally spinning. A lot of my knit and woven pieces also use one or more of the methods listed above, but occasionally, I will design items that are made specifically using these techniques.
Natural dyeing has been on my resume for years, and I typically gather from the plants in the fields and woods of home. However, this past year, I spent my days exploring indigo dyeing and had great success! I was fortunate to travel to Japan in the past and experience first-hand the rush of dipping a piece into a vat of indigo that has been used by many creative hands before me. Ultimately, I appreciate how nature offers a lovely array of colors to the yarn + fleece that I dye my pieces with.
Felting came about for me while developing a style of cowls that I refer to as Felted Furs. Each piece of felt is needle felted into shapes, often representing waves of water or the topography of a region and is finished with pieces of sterling silver placed throughout the piece.
Finally, I taught myself to sew, and with occasional community classes and other talented seamstresses’ assistance over the years, I am confident in my sewing skills. I make dresses + tunics from recycled sweaters, design clothing with handwoven cloth, and enjoy the mindful simplicity that Sashiko stitching has brought to my work.