Felt forms when wool fibers are treated with heat and pressure: hot water plus pressing, rolling and squeezing. People have made felt into coats, mittens, boots, blankets and nomadic yurt homes for thousands of years.
I have always been most interested in the landscape as subject. My process includes dyeing, carding, spinning and felting. Using silk, mohair, wool, ramie, raffia, I try to convey light, patterns, space and the sense of a place in nature. I build “strokes” of fiber color and texture in the wool using the same thought as a painter applying pigment. But, there is no canvas. I construct the blanket and the surface design from the raw fiber. My fascination with the beauty and character of the materials, and with the experiment of the design process grows every time I work with fiber.
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