I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Both of my grandmothers were seamstresses so I suppose the love of textiles is in my blood. I threaded needles for my paternal grandmother for her job as a fine hand finisher and made most of my clothes as a young adult. I also crocheted (my mother’s passion), knitted, made macramé, hooked rugs, embroidered, oil painted, did calligraphy, stenciled— you name it, I dabbled in it.
My life as a quilter didn’t start until 1976 when I made a bed-size bicentennial quilt, de rigeur for any self-respecting serial crafter of the era. I loved working with fabric and piecing appealed to the puzzle solver in me. After a decade I stopped as I put more time and effort into my career (analytical chemistry). Working from patterns had also become less fulfilling.
Around 1999 I learned about art quilts and my interest was reignited. I joined Contemporary Quilt and Fiber Artists (CQFA), a free-wheeling San Francisco Bay area group. I made a conscious decision to focus on textile art. Piecing is still my first love, though it is now from my own designs, which are mostly highly abstract representation. My artwork has been juried into four regional and one international Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) exhibitions.
I’ve been a SAQA member since 2009 and was a SAQA Northern California and Northern Nevada co-representative (2013-2014). I curated the regional exhibition Northern California Inspirations at FiberSpace at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles in 2014 as well as its successor, Inspirations II, which debuted there in May 2016 then traveled to the Olive Hyde Gallery (Fremont, CA) in October 2016. As of April, 2017 I am serving a three year term on SAQA’s board of directors.