I am a modern quilter.
And since modern means something different to every quilter, let me explain myself:
“My modern” is all about
••• Improvisation •••
••• Abstract Design •••
••• Minimalism •••
••• Mostly Solids •••
I love starting the day
with a sense of adventure, not knowing how a quilt
will look until it’s done.
And as a new grandma,
I also make baby quilts!
I’ve lived in San Francisco’s fog zone for nearly 40 years. The foggier it is, the happier I am. I’m outdoors every day, on foot with my dog or on my bike—Baker Beach, little-known trails in the Presidio and Golden Gate Park, the City’s daunting and quirky staircases, the shoreline delights of Marin. But I’ll always be a New Yorker, too.
I find inspiration in the architecture of New York City and the colors of the Bay Area; in the quilts and precepts of my favorite teacher Gwen Marston; in the work and support of my quilting circle in San Francisco, and in the incredible output of modern-quilt Instagrammers. As an inveterate gallery- and museum-goer, I try to channel the aesthetic of Jeremy Moon, Carmen Herrera, Frederick Hammersley, Sonia Delaunay, Walter Dexel, Ad Reinhardt, Walter Allner and other hard-edge minimalists.
I’ve had a varied career—as a hand bookbinder; grant writer; teacher and blogger at Bookmaking with Kids; author of books about kids’ software; marketing writer for Silicon Valley companies; newspaper columnist; national editor for the Associated Press—and I think perhaps this changeability has predisposed me to quilty experimentation.
Right now, I have work in three traveling exhibitions mounted by the Studio Art Quilt Associates: Forced to Flee, Shifting Tides, and Stitching California. Other current shows include the online galleries of the Textile Study Group of New York and United We Quilt. My work has appeared in solo and group exhibitions at Bay Quilts; in QuiltCon 2020 and 2019; Form and Function at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, online shows at Visions Art Museum; SAQA’s online Urban Textures exhibition, as well as local and regional exhibitions. Two of my quilts have appeared in the SAQA Journal Vol. 26 No. 1.