Like many who practice craft, I am drawn by the act of making. And in particular, I’m drawn by the making of functional objects. Textile fibers are my primary medium.
I began working in textiles as a weaver, and through weaving I became interested in nonwoven textiles. As a result, making wool felt—one of the oldest textiles in human culture—has become my primary mode of expression. I find the intense connection between maker and material to be very satisfying.
Feltmaking requires little more than wool, soap, water, and my hands. With these, I can create objects that range from soft, personal adornment to firm, sculptural forms. The extraordinary range of forms that wool felt, sometimes with the addition of woven fabrics, can take continues to fascinate me.