My first encounter with weaving was instant love and I have never looked back. As a freshman at Indiana University I was attracted to my friend’s pipe frame loom. She was taking Weaving 101 and not enjoying it, so the loom and all of the beautiful yarn butterflies sat forlornly in the corner. One day my desire to touch the tantalizing yarns got the best of me. I asked if I might try weaving a little. Thrilled, my friend gave me the loom, yarn, and instructions for weaving tapestry techniques. So I headed outside on a warm fall day in Bloomington, IN and hours passed without my noticing. I fell in love that day under a tree and the rest is history. As a result, I earned a BA in Fine Arts with a specialization in Woven and Constructed Textiles from IU.
While I raised two children, I spent several years working on my designs and making items whenever I had spare time. This allowed me to progress my concepts and maintain my weaving skills. After moving to Chicago, I began teaching in a Fashion Design department and received my Masters degree from DePaul University. This led me to a career as an Associate Professor teaching Textiles and CAD Design for woven fabrics.
I want to share my love of textiles, whether creating a special item for someone or teaching fashion design students about textiles and woven structures design. I want to replace the current disposable mindset with an appreciation of the time and commitment to excellence that creates heirlooms instead of fast-fashion landfills.
Check out these videos to see my hand weaving.
Part 1: Dressing the loom
Part 2: Weaving & Finishing
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