ARTIST STATEMENT



ARTIST STATEMENT


My route to becoming a fiber artist has been a meandering path.  I received an MSME from the University of Minnesota.  Following my studies, I went to work for 3M as a heat transfer engineer and researcher.  While pursuing my technical career, I explored many traditional crafts including quilting, knitting, stained glass, pottery and woodworking in my spare time.  However, I found myself continuously being drawn back to fiber.  When working with fiber, I increasingly became inspired by the vast array of textures and its tactile nature.  A good friend, Nancy Zalusky Berg, suggested I investigate felting.   The idea stuck with me and soon after, I ordered some felting needles and roving online ... a new world was born.  The introduction to wool and its versatility really made fiber come alive for me.  

For me, felting is entwined with engineering.  I am fascinated by the material science required to produce high quality, fine felt.  In order to achieve heirloom quality work, one must understand how the wool fibers interact on the microscale.  This understanding enables me to project what the finished project will be and how to manipulate the fibers to achieve my vision.  The coupling of felting and engineering encouraged me to explore the use of wool to a greater depth than any other fiber I had used previously.  My love for wool, and the excitement of wanting to share my discoveries led me to join the Cardigan Mountain Art Association and to become a juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen.  

The natural environment provides most of my inspiration.  Many of my works are images gleaned from places I have trekked in my travels and from my community.  However, the pieces are intended to evoke an emotional experience rather than replicate the sights.  They capture moments of silence and reflection.  These snapshots of stability and calm are frozen in a fiber web and I am able to then share them with others who long to retreat from the world’s confusion.  The process of making the felt is a time of peace for me where I can hash out much of the clutter that seems to pervade the world around me.  It is a time when all the mumbo jumbo sifts away to leave something beautiful and timeless. 

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