If anything defines me, it is my love of color. I am crazy for colors of all sorts, be they rich or dull, saturated or faded, deeply dark or pale and barely there. My favorite color, oddly enough, is grey.
I like things which are old and perhaps a bit shabby, But I also am drawn to that which is shiny and brutally modern. I like to repurpose found objects and old textiles. I incorporate these orphans into beautiful new objects - sometimes little art quilts, sometimes jewelry, maybe a doll or a pincushion.
I go where my muse takes me and it is always a very enjoyable excursion because I love to be in my studio, making things.
I was born in 1950 (you do the math). Yes, I went to Woodstock. I'm not sure if I had a happy childhood or not. I didn't much care for school, but I did graduate from Marist College (cum laude, no less), and I then went on to earn my M.A. degree in journalism at Michigan State University.
I got my first "real" job when I was 16, working at the counter in a drugstore in downtown Poughkeepsie, NY. This was in 1966, when condoms were kept out of sight, behind the counter, which meant that every once in a while a (male, never female) customer would insist on speaking with the (male) druggist and the reason was always because he wanted to buy some Trojans.
My most unusual job was when I served a summons on the then mayor of Poughkeepsie. I don't remember why; it was election season and the summons was a political stunt.
My most fun job was when I worked as a photographer at the Poughkeepsie Journal in the late 1970s. When you have a camera and press credentials, you are welcome just about everywhere. In between taking "weather shots" and photographing gruesome automobile accidents, I was welcome at all the glamorous soirees for miles around.
The job that taught me the most and had the most lasting value was at IBM in San Jose (California), where I worked my way up to staff systems analyst, loving every minute of it because it was a job that demanded I use my powers of logic.
Even though I enjoyed my work, I always thought I’d rather not have a job. I’d rather be home, making art, being a mother, making soup and baking bread. I was very lucky because I did get to have all those dreams come true.
My baby girl was born in 1987 and I was able to leave IBM in favor of being a full-time MOM. I never did do a truly bang up job being the soup making Earth Mother, but I did bake bread! I love my family: husband Doug and daughter Adeline, now an adult but still my precious baby. Home is shared with cats: Charlie, Puddle, Henry and Lily.
I like good food, all things Japanese, and my lovely rural town of Redding, CT.
I often have a hard time making choices, except when it comes to ice cream which is always chocolate.
I love making things and often get lost in my work, oblivious to the world around me. It is a form of meditation and it keeps me centered.