I learned to stitch by the ocean. An old woman named Sis taught me. She lived across the canal with her brother Del who raised orchids. I sat on Sis's porch for many summers while we talked and knitted and watched water rats run back and forth under the docks.
I still think of the process of working with fiber as rat-time, and I am still entranced. Fiber work is industrious, rhythmic; its labour tactile, sensual. Stitches also engages the workings of memory, establishing new narratives and connexions. Besides, surrounding ourselves with animal fibers can be transformative.
I create handspun yarns, batts and decorative arts out of material remnants of animal life. These materials come from the animals on my farm, other local and animal-friendly farms, and thrift shops and yard sales. I also wildcraft and hand-dye fibers from natural dyestuffs gathered in the beautiful woods and meadows of North Carolina.
I share my fiber art and vintage finds here on my blog and in my shop, and announcements on facebook. Say hi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My work has been featured at these lovely online places:
Durham Arts Council
BikBik & Roro
LaiGrai & Friends
Ozma of Odds
Self-Guided Art Therapy
Needle Exchange with Penny Nickels
Arteries by Arlee Barr
Under the Pyramids
Little Yellow Birds