My Technique

For inspiration, I start by selecting a photo I’ve taken. Then I prepare cotton fabric for the background using a variety of surface design techniques – hand-dyeing, over-dyeing, hand painting, and/or batik. Once the background fabric is completed, I free-hand cut each element of the composition from different types of cotton fabrics. (No patterns or templates are used.) Then I layer the intricately cut pieces onto the background fabric to recreate the scene, using a pH neutral permanent adhesive. Most of my artwork requires 10-12 different fabrics, 4 to 6 layers, hundreds of hand-cut pieces, and many, many hours to complete. Then each piece is professionally framed under conservation glass..