We’re thrilled to have you on board with BINDERS Art School. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I have been an artist for 39 years. I discovered a passion for the visual arts while attending Interlochen Arts Academy, a private boarding school for the fine arts in Michigan, 10th through 12th grades. I received a piano scholarship and dance was my minor. Illness meant I couldn't dance for a while and I ended up in a weaving class in 10th grade. My passion for the fiber arts in particular, began then; I quit piano and dance and devoted myself to learning every area of visual arts available to me.
Conceptually, I am affected by pressing concerns of today: the social, philosophical, environmental and biological issues humans face. I feel deeply connected to the universe and when isolation, exclusion, damage, shifts and disasters befall individuals and the world at large, it impacts me deeply. I then reject what is, in favor of creating my own “what could be.”
I use several processes and teach many techniques in many visual art areas, but most often employ Free Motion machine embroidery, a technique using thread and a sewing machine to either “draw” in a representational manner, or build up texture and surface with repetition to create depth, and recently, incorporate 3D printing into my works. I am a perpetual experimenter, applying new manipulations to common materials to tease out something unexpected. I use fabric most often, but also incorporate plastics, resin, mixed media and more. Nothing is sacred from my hands.
“I feel deeply connected to the universe and when isolation, exclusion, damage, shifts and disasters befall individuals and the world at large, it impacts me deeply.”
I have an MFA, BFA and B of Education in Art. I have varied experience in painting, drawing, bookmaking, sewing, fibers, photography, mixed media, alternative processes, unusual materials applications, fashion design, wearable art, and much more. I have ran art schools, taught at universities, been a designer for a large fashion company, done theatre design, owned a jewelry/wearable art/hat design business and more. I exhibit internationally, nationally and locally, and teach at my studio in Buckhead and travel to teach at art centers.
I am happily married for 28 years to my soul mate and have two grown daughters and a 4 year old grandson!
Tell us a little about your studio/ work space. How does it contribute to your work?
I work at home in a space that only recently opened up for me when I became an empty nester! I am fully equipped with art supplies, sewing machines, a 3D printer and birds outside the French doors to outside that frequent our Sky Cafe regularly. I share my studio space with 3 cats when they behave! I find my space too small — I also use the garage — and yearn for a massive loft or industrial space, assistants and the ability to realize commissions and larger works.
"I am serious, hardworking, and a social media queen! If I could work 24/7, I would!”
How would you describe your practice?
Intense, obsessive, purposeful. I LOVE to create and I LOVE to pass that interest and passion on to my students and see them creatively grow. I am serious, hardworking, and a social media queen! If I could work 24/7, I would!
What do you hope students will take away from your courses at Binders?
TONS of skills learned, an enthusiasm for creating, and a voice of personal creativity that is theirs- not mine, and what they need to leave the class or workshop and keep creating!
What are you working on currently?
A HUGE 3D printed plus fiber/stitched wall installation for an exhibition of 4 artists I am honored to have been chosen to be included in at Baylor University gallery that will be in 2016; finishing up a wild wearable piece that is going on set to be photographed professionally; 3D printing experimentation, and more works in progress. I am also curating an exhibition on invisible disabilities that will be held at Mason Fine Art in April and that features 12 artists from the US Canada and South Africa who face daily challenges with disabilities you can’t see (including myself) I am also self-publishing a children’s book I have been working on for 4 years, designing clothing that features my artwork that is being sold on Print All Over Me on-line, exhibiting in several other upcoming exhibitions and more!
2 Sessions | All Levels | Price: $120 | Max. 16
ARTZ1526 | Saturday & Sunday, February 21 & 22, Sat. 10:30am – 4:30pm, Sun. 11:30am – 5:30pm
2 Sessions | All Levels | Price: $120 | Max. 16
ARTZ1553 | Saturday & Sunday, May 23 & 24, Sat. 10:30am – 4:30pm, Sun. 11:30am – 5:30pm
2 Sessions | Beginner to Intermediate | Price: $120 | Max. 16
ARTZ1556 | Saturday & Sunday, March 14 & 15, Sat. 10am – 5pm, Sun. 11am – 5pm
For questions, more information, or registration please contact the BINDERS Education Office at 404237-6331 ext. 203 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.