I continue to explore the evocative power of textiles along two complementary themes: the ties to old civilizations and the power invested in historic garments. Textile fragments speak of eternal truths even in their obscurity. These textiles tantalize my sense of kinship with lost civilizations. I believe that garments are often empowered with dignity through use. A textile that shows both the maker's hand and the wearer's body language connects all of us again to a wider world.
In "Mantles" and "Scrolls," I further explore man's need to visualize his understanding of order in the universe. Through the centuries, we have catalogued this search through images and text. The physical qualities of cloth are a part of my personal exploration. The sensuality of silk and velvet combined with their depth of color add a sacred quality to my work. Color and pattern are a language as evocative as script and in the search for understanding the cloth itself becomes hallowed.
All these pieces are worked in upholstery weight cotton velveteen with fiber-reactive Procyon dyes and indigo in a variety of shibori techniques.