Although most of my work deals with people—their faces and body language—I often create non-figurative work for invitational exhibitions or simply because I feel compelled to express something specific. Some might argue that my “voice” is figurative; but look more closely, you will see that the use of unexpected fabrics, the color palette and the layering of pattern on pattern remains the same regardless of the subject.
I use only commercially available cotton fabric, building the complexity of the image with a layering of unexpected patterns. I pay as much attention to the “value” of the fabrics (that is their relative lightness or darkness to each other) as their color. The pieces are constructed in raw edge machine applique, freeing me from tedious piecing and allowing the fraying and puckering that is the inherent characteristic of fabric.