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Twelve round fabric wall hangings that interpret the fascinating system of tree root communication facilitated by forest fungi. The research for this project was inspired by the work of Dr. Suzanne Simard of UBC, a leader in the field of forest biology.
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Like many women of my generation, I was introduced to the fabric arts at the earliest opportunity, at my mother’s knee with a needle and thread. This was the start of a long creative journey that led to a full time career in art textiles. I have been working as a professional artist in the textile medium since the mid 1980's.
For my formal education, I earned a BSc in Agriculture, Majoring in Ornamental Horticulture, and have been studying developments in tree research since graduating in 1978. In my work I draw upon my background in science to create images in fabric which evoke the strong connection I feel with the natural world.
Using raw edge applique and machine embroidery, I draw on a visual vocabulary that interprets and illustrates biological organisms and systems. The techniques I use mirror processes that bring order to diverse and humbles materials. My intention is to arouse an emotional connection by shining a warm light on critical unseen forces. Most of my wall pieces are inspired by the biology, mythology and symbolism of trees, classic emblems of the communion of earth and spirit.