Artist's statement

Tree of Life Techniques I like to use

My style is contemporary, combining any media and technique to express my vision. Many works are pieced and hand-quilted textiles in which I push the envelope of how sumptuous a surface I can make, in colour and tactile quality. Many fabrics are hand-dyed, using dye, print and discharge processes using old, Oriental fabrics such as kimono and obi fabrics and indigo shibori cloth.

Influences

Judy Chicago's famous installation "The Dinner Party" in the 1970's, the seminal book "Art to Wear" (Julie Schaffer Dale, 1986), the textile traditions of Asia and India, Nancy Crow (art quilts), Jane Dunnewold (artcloth), Inga Hunter (collage), Tony Dyer (batik), Patricia Black (shibori). Other influences include Indigenous artists Emily Kame Kngwarreye and Rover Thomas, writers Patrick White, Janet Frame and Tim Winton, mythologist Joseph Campbell, psychoanalyst Carl Jung, theologian Matthew Fox, cosmologist Brian Swimme and poet Sylvia Plath. Everything is grist for the mill.