Most people ask me why my subjects are all Asian. As my personal style became clearer, I naturally gravitated to the Asian form of design and approach of creating art. As I grew in my understanding of the ancient Chinese culture for the children, I realized that their protective symbolism spoke to me in a soulful manner. Like fabric, there are many layers to understanding Chinese symbolism and legends. Creating with my hands through my soul, I use textiles to share these stories, filled with the symbolism and legends. These pieces call upon good fortune to outwit evil forces, to help produce achievement and to strive for happiness and longevity.
My dolls are sewn in silk crepe lined with cotton batiste. All have articulated heads and arms; my smaller dolls are fully jointed. The heads are all hand-sculpted in stone clay with a silk overlay. The Story Hats and doll costuming are created using silk, much of it brocade that I purchased while visiting China. These are accented with vintage Asian silks. I find that working with textiles brings a richness and warmth to my pieces. Designing dolls, hats, and textiles has been my art for 25 years. Denver, Colorado, is where my home and studio are located.