As a child I chased butterflies, scrambled over rocks, and read romantic tales of faraway places. Years later, I’ve studied butterflies and rocks, and traveled to many of the places – the Amazon rain forest, craggy cliffs with castle ruins, remote island beaches – and I’ve never lost the wonder of them. Yet exotic beauty can be found everywhere.
I use the ancient technique of feltmaking not to capture what I’ve seen directly, but to create something new. The simplicity of the technique – combing, layering, and working dyed unspun wool in hot water until the fibers lock – allows me to work spontaneously, and often experimentally. The shape of a piece might come from a bird’s wing, the color from crystals under a microscope, and the texture from the bark of a birch tree. I wish to celebrate nature, not to mirror it.