My new work explores my experiences living in the Pacific Northwest, with its unique blend of monumental and the ordinary, through labor-intensive handwork- meticulous meditations on movement through macro and microcosms of place and relationships. The Pacific Northwest is known for the spiritual and psychedelic threads that run throughout its history, and I speak to these connections between the psychedelic experience and geographical awe through pattern and texture. Drawn to current and vintage textiles that speak to histories past and present, I use found textiles and quilting processes like embroidery as marks that represent personal memories or stories, landscape, architectural forms, and movement through space and time. By using these pre-designed textiles and altering them, chopping them up, and combining them to “draw”, I wander through natural wonders recalled and imagined, micro and macrocosms of time, place, and connection. I combine meditative symbols and shapes with textiles whose patterns and textures have specific associations with place, time or person. Fabric is a vehicle for human connection, as textiles old and new have touched countless known and unknown human hands, through use and through their own production. I reflect on and contribute to this connection in my making process. Through meticulous hand labor, my inner city becomes physical object; my relationships with others an abstracted visual story. This current series reflects on experiences with nature such as seeing the solar eclipse in the path of totality, memories of trauma, love, family and change, and re-interpreted sights from my lived every-day environment.
2015 Master's of Fine Arts at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI.
2013 Ox-Bow School of the Arts, Saugatuck, MI. Metternick Merit Scholarship recipient.
2013 School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL. Bachelor of Fine Arts Program, emphasis in fibers and materials studies. Dean’s Grant and Merit Scholarship recipient.
2005-2008 Arizona State University, Tempe AZ. Bachelor of Arts Program, emphasis in fibers and ceramics. Provost Scholarship recipient.
2018 Ca$h 4 Gold, Steve Gilbert Photo Studio, Seattle, WA
Salon Des Gallery One, Gallery One, Ellensburg, WA
2017 Needle And Thread, Gallery One, Ellensburg, WA
2016 Artist As Quiltmaker XVII, Firelands Association For Visual Arts, Oberlin, OH
Group III, Foundry Art Centre, St. Louis, MO
2015 MFA Thesis Show, Cranbrook Art Museum,
Bloomfield Hills, MI
/\, Forum Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Over Spun, Mist Gallery, www.mistgallery.com
Women’s Works 2015, Old Court House Arts Center, Woodstock, IL
2014 Strip Mall Subterfuge, Forum Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Comfort Me, SOFA Art +Design Fair 2014, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
Fiber Fever, Foundry Art Centre, St. Louis, MO
Blurred Lines and Pillow Talk, Forum Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, MI.
Digital Technology-Traditional Techniques, ECU Wellington B. Gray Gallery, Greensboro, NC.
2013 Tomorrow Ain’t Promised To No One, Forum Gallery, Bloomfield Hills. MI.
Cranbrook Visions, Delta Community College, Saginaw, MI.
Studio Drawings, Forum Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, MI
BFA Exhibition, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago IL
2012 OMGHOT! Believe Inn, Chicago IL
People You May Know, Rational Park, Chicago IL
Gli.tc/h, Tri-Triangle, Chicago IL
Journeys Through Memory Landscape, Sirigusa Gallery, Chicago IL
2011 Of Us, Mess Hall, Chicago IL
Fresh, 162 State Residences, Chicago, IL
Fool’s Gold, Big City Gaming, Eugene, OR
Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection, Flaxman Library, Chicago IL
2015 Taught Stitched Assemblage, a beginning fiber class at College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI for the Fall semester of 2015.
2014 Lecture/ Workshop at College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI. Visiting artist lecture followed by an applique workshop for College of Creative Studies’ Fiber students.
2014 Cranbrook Summer Art Institute, Bloomfield Hills, MI. Taught two classes: Art For The Undecided, in which we explored different mediums and techniques for making sculpture and two dimensional works, and Renegade Art, where we brought street art and graffiti techniques to the studio, also learning about zines and other printed distribution methods.
2013 Artist Lecture at Delta Community College, Saginaw, MI
2012-13 Internship with the Eugene Storefront Art Project. Responsibilities included assisting in curating and promoting upcoming events, compiling a filing database for publications and marketing materials, and coordinating make-up artists for Be A Shutterbug!, an event that was part of Eugene’s Summer in the City and Photo Week series.
2012 Designed and created The Infinite Love Project, an ongoing web-based art project that focuses on expressions of love through message and visual arts, encouraging creative mindfulness and gratitude with contributions from visitors.
Proficiency in two and three-dimensional construction using fabric, paper, and other lightweight flexible materials. This includes construction methods of machine and hand-sewing, sculptural pattern creation, digital and hand embroidery, crochet, paper-mache, and fabric, paper, and cardboard manipulation.
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Adobe Photoshop, iMovie, and blogging platforms including Wordpress, Blogspot, Tumblr, and Weebly.
Knowledgeable in HTML, CSS, Adobe Illustrator, and Audacity.