It seems as though I have been a crafter all my adult life. I am fascinated by textiles and have closets full of fabric I have collected, many from my travels to faraway places such as Japan and Thailand. I sew and knit and do upholstery. I have made clothing, handbags, drapes, slipcovers, pillows, napkins, and scarves. My husband wonders when I am going to start making shoes! After I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2002, I started making jewelry. I make beaded necklaces and earrings, but my specialty is fabric neckpieces like the one I am wearing in the photo. They were inspired by designs and fabrics I discovered on a trip to Japan in 2006. I brought back silk cord that is used to tie around the obi sash on a kimono, and I used that cord to make my first neckpieces. My husband, a retired orthodontist, naturally helps with the wire-bending attachments. My latest project is a line of children’s clothing I call “Paniolo Kidz.” I find “vintage” denim clothes in second-hand stores and reinvent them by decorating and embellishing them with cowboy motifs. There is a lot of hand sewing involved in making these pieces, and I have a pretty severe tremor from the PD, but somehow when I am doing this work, the tremor seems to lessen or disappear. Crafting has been a wonderful creative outlet for me.
Marin County Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, juried show, July, 2008
University of California, San Francisco Medical Center Staff Art Show, April, 2009
Oakmont Art Association Adventures in Art, October, 2011