About Me



I am a mixed media, collage artist who has focused almost exclusively on fiber art since 2004. I create art quilts, one-of-a-kind wearable art from hand dyed, painted and embellished fabric as well as hand painted and dyed textiles, fat quarters and items for home decor.  In other words, just about anything that uses fabric! Many of these items are available either from my website or Etsy site.

I also teach a variety of fiber art classes and have recently had my very first book called Fabric Surface Design published by Storey Publishing. It is a comprehensive book on over 80 surface design techniques. All of these techniques and much more are covered in my fiber art classes and workshops.


RESUME

PROFILEA dedicated and passionate artist with a strong commitment to teach and assist others with their own personal artistic growth, pursuit of creative expression and appreciation of art.

WORK EXPERIENCE

CHERSCAPES FIBER ART STUDIOS, Bernardston, MA – Present
            Private studio and home of CherScapes Fine and Wearable Art

CHERSCAPES WEARABLE ART, Bernardston, MA – Present
            Owner of clothing design label that produces one-of-a-kind handmade, wearable art.

INVITED SPEAKER AND WORKSHOP FACILITATOR – Present
Travel to fiber art organizations conducting workshops and surface design techniques, composition and design as they relate to clothing, cloth and wall hung fiber art as well as 2D collage. Lecture on the artistic and creative process.

STITCH - IT…TODAY – Contracted writer for All American Craft Publications - Present

CherScapes Downtown Fiber Arts Studio -2009-2011
Owner of a fiber art studio that was dedicated to offering classes on all aspects of fiber art to children, teens and adults. These classes were taught by myself and other accomplished fiber artists.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

PRO CHEMICAL AND DYE CO, Fall River, MA – 2014
            Contracted instructor to teach a variety of fiber art workshops
SNOW FARM The New England Craft Program, Williamsburg, MA – 2014
            Contracted instructor to teach a variety of fiber art workshops
BEAD AND FIBER, Boston, MA – Present
            Contracted instructor to teach a variety of fiber art workshops
CREATIVE ARTS WORKSHOP, New Haven, CT – Present
            Contracted instructor to teach a variety of fiber art workshops
A NOTION TO QUILT, Shelburne, MA – Present
            Contracted instructor to teach a variety of fiber art workshops
HARRISVILLE DESIGNS, Harrisville, NH – Present
            Contracted instructor to teach a variety of fiber art workshops

Linden Hill School, Northfield, MA – 2007 - 2009
            Develop and teach art curriculum to adolescent boys with language-based learning disabilities.
Hilltop Montessori Middle School, Brattleboro, VT – 2007
Project volunteer for the idea and execution of a “freedom quilt” based on their experiences studying the civil rights movement and their travels to Alabama.
South Gallery, Bernardston, MA – Summer 2005
Wrote, taught and implemented summer arts program for elementary school age children.
Full Circle School, Bernardston, MA – 1997-1999
Wrote, taught and implemented arts program for elementary school age children based on a 6-year rotation.
Franklin County Arts Council, Greenfield, MA – 1996-1997
Wrote, taught and implemented after school arts program for elementary school age children.

SIGNIFICANT ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Author of Fabric Surface Design a 320 page technique book covering over 60 techniques for applying imagery to textiles published by Storey Publishing. 2013

ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Mind’s Island Artist’s Web Site 2005 - 2007
Write articles pertinent to artists, buyers, collectors and consultants.
Greenfield Recorder, Greenfield, MA   2004 - 2007
            Write a weekly art column for arts and entertainment section.
Northampton Arts Walk, Northampton, MA    2004
            Founding member of the planning board.
Gallery 267, Greenfield, MA    2004 – 2005
            Founding member of Steering Committee for Greenfield’s first cooperative fine art gallery.           
Rice and Easy and The Rice Gallery, Northampton, MA    2004 – 2005
            Co-founded, designed and implemented unique cafĂ© and fine art gallery.
Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens - South Deerfield, MA    1998 – 2004
            Co-founded, designed and implemented

GALLERY AFFILIATIONS

Imagine Artwear - Alexandria, Virginia
Salmon Falls Artisan Gallery - Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts
Fuller Craft Museum – Brockton, MA
Skera Gallery – Northampton, MA
Luma – Colorado Springs, CO
Pure Vide Gallery – Kapaau, HI
Left Bank Gallery – Orleans, MA
Sparrow House – Plymouth, MA
Studio 40 Inc. – Lewisburg, WV
The Greenbrier Hotel Art Colony – White Sulphur Springs, WV
Oasis – Brattleboro, VT

JURIED HIGH END CRAFT SHOWS

Paradise City Arts Festival
Buyers Market of American Craft
One of a Kind - New York
American Craft Marketing
Craft Boston
Berkshires Craft Show

EDUCATION

School of the Museum of Fine Arts - Boston, MA   1974 - 1978
Four-year diploma in Fine Arts, painting, Japanese calligraphy