The surface design materials that I regularly work with on fabric include: paint, foraged natural plant dye, rust, and photos transferred to fabric. The quality and nature of color, and these processes on textiles can be quite different from these media applied to a prepared canvas. Once the fabric and composition is created, I enhance it with machine stitch and threads to create more texture and dimension. All of my fiber art pieces are to be displayed as wall art. Smaller pieces are usually framed. Sometimes my larger works are stretched over prepared canvas for hanging, but generally they are hung tapestry-like on walls, allowing viewers to closely examine and appreciate the textural nature of the work.
These days, a chunk of my creative time is obsessively (you read that right) dedicated to eco printing botanical images onto natural fabrics like silk, cotton, and linen for scarves and wall art. When our unpredictable New England weather cooperates, and the trees are full of leaves, you'll find me in my outdoor studio happily eco printing. Eco printing combines the historical methods used in natural dyeing with contact print techniques. The colors and prints in my eco printed scarves and eco printed wall hangings come from natural dyes found in local plants…most of the leaves are from my own yard here in Connecticut.