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Strata is composed of layers of fabric, batting and thread. Each of the individual components is encased in Velcro allowing them to be moved and reconfigured; forming patterns and levels. The combination of color, line, pattern, rhythm, and texture further enhance the layers of the work. I find the tactile nature of fabric, thread, and embellishments intriguing. My work leans towards geometric designs, with a prominent repetitive grid structure theme. The open spaces in the work create reflection and shadows. Color, texture and the projection of the form in its surrounding environment invite the viewer in. Suspends from ceiling or hang off of wall, works well as a wall divider and creates wonderful shadows.
A sketchbook and sewing machine are used to sculpt my colorful fabric constructions. Bright colors and movement are predominant elements of the repetitive, open grid-like structures. Light and shadow are allowed in and create new patterns and colors.
I believe my chosen profession of Landscape Architecture influences my work. Landscapes themselves are constantly changing and evolving, never static.
The work reacts to its environment. Viewers can interact with each sculpture; slight movement causes the work to move, changing it ever so slightly. The work is rarely stagnant.
By traditional definition these sculptural, fabric constructions can be labeled quilts – layers of fabric held together by stitch. The hand-dyed cotton fabric along with non-traditional quilting materials is used such as wire mesh, grommets, mylar, velcro, metal rods, metal tubing, and wire.
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