My doll art took root in my joy of finding a penny in the lining of a pocket. First impression not worth much but with imagination, innovation, experimentation I would apply my life experiences to create my fabric figures. Turning the mundane into the marvelous has been a driving force in my life. I create opportunity in unlikely places. The long doll art journey I have been on is a kind of three dimensional diary. The pages are crammed with the things that have sparked my imagination. The dolls are a result of a lifetime love affair with fabric, drawing and painting hand sewing and thread, portraiture, ethnic and historic costume and the desire to tell a story using the doll as the vehicle. For someone who barely passed my 7th grade sewing class the irony is not lost on me that I crafted a life that involved sewing. The non traditional approach in my creative process came from a strong art education background that instilled the concept to pay attention to the world around me…. experiment… fail… learn… fail again, persist and what would happen if?
Experimentation, improvisation and discovery allow for the incorporation of the historic and cross cultural reference points, fashion, textiles and embellishment that has been my lifelong inspiration. The combination of observation with fantasy and imagination fuse the familiar with the foreign to create something new with a sense of inclusiveness. Since experimentation is a guiding force it is not an accident that the fabric figures I create use the tenets of improvisation. Yes…And…Agree and Add. Heighten and Explore.