“I have always loved colour, texture and fiber. After many years of weaving spinning and dyeing, I discovered hooking in 2003, during a chance visit to Deanne Fitzpatrick’s studio in Nova Scotia. I was immediately drawn to its expressiveness, its forgiving nature and the lack of rules. It quickly became my passion and I explored the medium attending many workshops in Nova Scotia, Vermont, Saskatchewan and California.
I love to share what I have learned with others, and so, as a teacher, I now lead workshops focusing on punch hooking, its possibilities and combinations with traditional hooking, as well as workshops on improvisation and creative exploration. It is a delight to show the craft to others and share the joy and pleasure this simple craft brings. With hooking and punching, and related fiber arts, I can explore an endless range of possibilities. I am passionate about rug hooking and punching as an art form.
Fluent in both traditional and punch hooking, I have developed a signature use of the combined techniques, employing a multitude of yarns and cloth strips in a vibrant array of colour. I am synthesizing the two traditional techniques into modern fiber art. I animate my rugs with rich texture and strong colour, mixing a bit of magic with realism. As an artist who enjoys the creative process, I evoke the intuitive nature of abstract paintings in my work. I try to express the vibrancy of the landscape, a sense of awe and a deep connection to the physical world.”