Expanding my childhood love of quilting and embroidering, I received a master's degree in the History of Decorative Arts through the Smithsonian Associates/Corcoran College of Art + Design in 2011. I developed research on Hispanic American blanket weaving, American samplers and quilts, Shisha mirror embroidery from India, contemporary trends in textile art, and wrote my thesis on the costumes that Henri Matisse created for the Ballets Russes. I sought to raise this often-diminished art form, viewed as the frivolity of women, to a worthy place of tactile versatility, ingenuity, and tremendous skill comparable to any artwork seen on museum walls.
In 2008, during an internship at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, I became enamored with traditional Japanese embroidery and began training in the techniques of Nuido, the way of embroidery. In 2016, the Japanese Embroidery Center in Atlanta, GA certified me to teach and pass on this 1,600 year-old tradition. In addition, I also experiment with intersections of paint and textile media in various 2- and 3-D forms, including quilting, embroidery, appliqué, knitting, wire sculpting, dyeing, weaving, and found objects.