When I was a little girl, my mom taught me the handwork arts--sewing, crochet, knitting and embroidery. I didn't like to follow patterns, so I would just make up my own designs for doll clothes and embroidered art. Decades later, when my son went to Waldorf school, I rediscovered handwork. As a Waldorf mom, I loved crocheting and knitting animals and dolls out of soft, natural, luxurious fibers like cashmere, alpaca, angora and merino wool.
When I finally discovered needle felting, I knew I had found my artistic medium. The world opened up for my creative muse. If I could dream it, I could do it.
I love nature, adore animals and enjoy spending time in the woods. My wool animals are inspired by those I observe in nature. I also spend countless hours studying photographs of animals from every angle. This has helped me create a sense of realism in my needle felt animals.
As a book illustrator, I am inspired by vintage children?s books, in particular ?Golden Age of Book Illustration? artists. I use a variety of techniques including needle felting, wet felting and pressed wool painting to create my illustrations.
My first book as illustrator, Hansel & Gretel: A Fairy Tale with a Down Syndrome Twist, by Jewel Kats, has been described as "stunning and beautiful." I illustrated two more books for the late Jewel Kats, Jenny and Her Dog Both Fight Cancer, and Prince Preemie: Tale of a Tiny Puppy Who Arrived Early.
In Spring of 2017, my first book as author and illustrator was published, Seasons of Joy: Every Day is for Outdoor Play.
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