When my art works, a realistic photograph is translated into a beautiful abstraction through the medium of fiber. The piece should, of course, be beautiful, but I have really accomplished the goal, when the viewer looks longer to question the subject matter.
Good abstraction, for me, starts with boundaries and line. The camera has always been important in providing the boundary and makes composition easier.
My love of textiles began in sewing doll clothes from my mother’s dress scraps. My ancestors came from the Western North Carolina Mountains to work in South Carolina’s upstate cotton mills, and I grew up knowing South Carolina as the Textile State. I believe that my fiber is fiber, and I hope to one day see textile production return to the Carolinas.