6925 Willow Street NW, Washington, DC 20012 – located two blocks from Takoma Metro Station
When and how did you first become interested in art?
My first career, as a social worker and sociologist, was not satisfying to me. While I never formally studied art, I had always had an interest in working with fabric and yarn. I started spending more time on these things and eventually realized that they could become a means of artistic expression, more than a hobby.
What techniques do you use?
I print fabric using many different processes, collage it, and stitch it together.
What drives your work?
A continuing interest in seeing what will happen if I try something new, put disparate things together, find something surprising and build on it, take an accident or mistake and make something good out of it. Curiosity is important.
What projects are you working on now that your solo show is up at Library Galley?
I’m working on some still life compositions using found domestic textiles as the foundation—this is presenting some interesting technical and compositional challenges. After that, who knows? It’s hard to start something new after finishing a lot of work for an exhibit.
Speaking of your solo show, how did you prepare for it?
Since the gallery wanted me to show the work I had included in my proposal , I gathered together those pieces and others that I thought would look good in the space and make a cohesive statement.
What steps can you recommend artists take to get a solo show?
Look regularly at all the exhibit listings that can be found in publications and on the internet and make proposals to those galleries that seem to show work compatible with yours. Also look at the websites of places you’d like to show and see what their procedures and deadlines are. It’s a lot of work to put together proposals but the more you put in the better your chances of finding the right place. The best thing is to be invited to show, but we can’t count on that!
How does DCAS support you as an artist?
It provides me with good space to work in , and a community of artists to interact with.
What is the most indispensable item in your studio at DCAS?
Probably my big work table, 8 x 8 feet, where I print, lay out and cut fabric, measure work, do hand sewing,and try to keep tidy so I can actually work on it!
Where can we see more of your work, besides at Library Gallery?
I have a solo exhibit opening May 6-28th at Hillyer Art Space, which will feature new works incorporating collagraph prints and monotypes which have been collagfed and stitched.
Where is your favorite place to see art in the DC Metro area?
The Phillips Collection and the Textile Museum.