Riversnake: Killing me with Color addresses the damage to our environment by the textile and fashion industries that I have worked in. These industries have destroyed waterways throughout the world, leaving individuals without any clean drinking water and physical ailments. I use my original handwoven fabrics as a metaphorical ground around the yarns that create the river. The river begins clear at the top of the piece but gradually changes color, reflecting the accumulation of chemical dye runoff from the textiles produced to meet the demands of fashion consumers.
I use my artistic voice as a platform for speaking to our current times. This allows me to address issues close to my heart while creating beautiful art for someone. I use my fabrics as others use paints or inks. All my fabrics are handwoven from sustainable and environmentally-friendly alpaca, bamboo and silk yarns. Then I upcycle my swatches and samples, repurposing them to create my artwork. Cutting into handwoven fabrics that took an extensive amount of my time to create is scary and painful, which is exactly how I feel when I consider the damage to our precious planet.