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Languages have always fascinated me. Inspired by my 2018 100 Day Project (improv appliqué postcards in black and white) and comments that those pieces looked like hieroglyphics or a secret language, I continued my exploration and made 20 improv bias appliqué blocks. Extending the language idea, I positioned the blocks in a letter format in the order in which they were made. The name, Grifology, is a play on graphology, the study of handwriting and symbols, and my own last name.
Walking into a fabric store as a child, I would run my hand over all the bolts of fabric as I passed them. That love of texture has never left me. Over time I have expressed that love as a garment maker, then a quilter, and now as a textile artist. I’m never happier or more at peace than when I’m creating and stitching.
My current work explores the intersection of drama and serenity through the use of line. I’m fascinated by trying to find out how much I can distill and take away while continuing to convey the essence of my subject or idea.
I often work in black and white which further assists in keeping the focus on line. I love color, but removing it lets the viewer interact with my work without the distraction of the emotions that color can convey.