I have taken many classes and workshops across the United States, but consider myself to be a self-taught fiber artist. Whether making practical items or wall art, I try to imbue my pieces with an appreciation of ancient dyeing and sewing techniques found in cultures all over the world. I work exclusively with natural dyes made from plants that I collect or grow myself. I have an appreciation for all manner of weeds; even the ‘pesky’ ones like Queen Anne’s Lace and Staghorn Sumac. As a drawing challenged person, I draw with lines made when I dye fabric using different shibori techniques, such as stitching, knotting, twisting and clamping material. Piecing and quilting fabric lets me draw without using a pencil or pen. Using dyes made from plants, in combination with shibori techniques, fills me with admiration for traditional cultures in which artisans take time to make functional articles beautiful.