Her embroideries usually begin with a hand painted silk background, followed by an inspiring range of threads for hand embroidery, in addition to appliqué, stumpwork, quilting, needle weaving, free motion machine embroidery & Japanese silk flower making techniques.
To “sculpt” her design elements, she will often use wire, tubing, ribbon, felt, beads, wools & fibers to capture a moment in nature with stunning vitality & the extra dimension that is impossible to achieve with thread alone. Viewers are often tempted to run their hands along the surface to feel the feathers, fur, branches, leaves & petals that come to life. For a better look, check out the three Detail views in this section.
Like paintings, the images are rich in color, warmth & light but unlike paintings, the multi-layered & dimensional qualities of the threads & fabrics create special light effects & change tone & luster when viewed in person.
Photographs do not do justice to the play of light & shadows or depth of this contemporary interpretation of a traditional art form.