My Work in Textile Arts
My passion for Artistic Expression led me to a formal education in Fashion Design using Haute Couture methods and in Multi-media Design, Drawing and Painting. Both my training and years of practice have led me to a creatively rewarding life dedicated to Design and Visual Arts.
People have been using Art and Craft over centuries as a career, to protest, comfort, heal, teach, support, clothe, keep records, hide messages, claim their voices and tell their stories. Although throughout history and to the present, women, in particular, have been pinholed into the role of homemaker and domestic seamstress, we have also been able to tell our stories through needlework by drawing and painting with threads. These skills cannot be lost or forgotten, because it is part of our history and is interwoven and ingrained in our culture.
Blurring the lines between Art and Craft, Objet d’Art and Play, my Soft Sculptures aim to share my adoration of traditional Needlework, most typically thought to be done by women throughout history, but with a modern flair. With my Dear Laurel Art Dolls, my advocacy for empowering women gets to shine through the magic and folklore dreamed up while making each doll come to life.
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My Work as an Arts Educator
I have worked in Arts Education in some form or another for the better part of 18 years, starting as a Part-time Professor in Multi-Media Arts, then as an Arts Program Coordinator and in Program Development/Academic Management at the college level. For the last 10 years, I have been honoured to work as an Arts Educator teaching Private Arts Workshops to people of all ages.