Artist Statement :
I have always sewn…
I enjoyed doing unusual projects with my sewing/fabric skills. I made down-filled sleeping bags, coats and jackets that needed quilting to stabilize them. I’ve sewn on leather and made patchwork items such as bags, skirts and even sandals. Around 1980 I made my first conventional quilt which probably resembled most of the
others made in that era. In the ensuing 30 years, I have made over 150 quilts.
Over the course of my career, I have worked with several combos of Math and Art Club students and their teachers to expand their fields into the world of quilts. I used simple tools to show them how to create complex designs based on circles and stars. They were able to design original, accurate 8-point star designs quickly and easily. They also constructed designs based on the division of a circle into 5 parts and into 6 parts. They were amazed that these divisions yielded so many design components to work with.
The mathematician in me wants to answer your questions in a bulleted hierarchy. The artist in me wants to be creative and hold your attention. The science teacher in me wants to provide you with usable information. My mind works in the same order when designing a project. All of these qualifiers come into play each step of the way