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ABOUT

A maker at an early age, I crafted my way through childhood, quilling for the first time in the third grade, a vase of flowers! But it would be another 20 years before I tried my hand at quilling again. During that extended quilling "hiatus" I pursued my other creative passions, architecture and interior design.  Designing barbie's dream house and sketching up reimagined floor plans for the homes of friends and family. That passion lead me to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Architectural studies  and then a Master of Arts in Interior Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design. I followed that up with a career in commercial and residential design while also teaching interior design online to undergraduate students.

 

In July of 2016, in search of a creative outlet that didn't require the use of my computer and while on the hunt for sculptural art for the walls of my home, I rediscovered quilling and  this time I was hooked! I put my own spin on this centuries old craft  by ditching the backing traditionally used to display quilled coils and instead glued the coils to each other resulting in textural and semi-transparent paper sculptures.

 

My work has been juried into group art shows including the 10.10.10 Exhibition in 2018 at the Fayetteville Arts Center and the North Carolina Fine Art Society's Exhibition in 2019 at the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh, NC. My unique approach to quilling was recognized as a finalist in the 2019 Etsy Design Awards: Inventive Decor Category and in January of 2020 my work was featured in Our State Magazine.

I am a Chicagoland native, my husband's Army career brought us to Fayetteville, NC where we are raising our three children.

ARTIST STATEMENT

My love of quilling comes from the process of hand cutting, rolling, folding and configuring paper, transforming this two dimensional material into a three dimensional object. The textures , patterns and forms found in the built and natural environments as well as the traditional decorative arts of ceramics and textiles heavily influence my work. Ultimately, my practice is a constant experiment in exploring the three dimensional potential of paper and the unexpected use of  this familiar material.

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