I have always enjoyed making things. When I was young my grandmother taught me to knit and sew. In high school I learned to use a potter’s wheel and later learned about quilting, crochet, woodworking, macrame, paper-making, weaving on a rigid heddle loom, dyeing, felting, and using a spinning wheel to make yarn. I worried that I was just a dilettante in the art world, but decided that my hobby was learning to make things and so dabbling was just fine.

In 2010 I started learning to weave on a floor loom at Ruthie’s Weaving Studio in Portland and soon realized that I had found an area that could keep me busy following my curiosity for years to come. I am active in the Portland Handweavers Guild and have taken many workshops through PHG and regional fiber festivals and weaving conferences, plus a three-week class in Italy weaving on a 100-year-old manual Jacquard loom. This year I went on a textile tour in Shetland that sparked my imagination once again.