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"My all-fabric dolls are imbued with the fun and joy of life, lots of color and pattern, and a unique sense of self."
I have been making dolls for over 30 years--- not toys, but what I call Art Dolls. Designed to glorify the fabric and the human form, each series' pieces highlights the textile's texture, rhythm and shape. I print, paint, draw and dye much of my own fabric to create textile figures that exude personality. Wall-hung or freestanding, some with simple body shapes, others with articulated...
... realistic fabric hands and delicately needle-sculpted faces, I attempt to endow my work with a feeling of the joyousness of life, a sense of serenity, and gratitude for the bountiful world of possibilities.
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2018 Honorable Mention, “Utter Confusion: Which Way is Home?,”
MLH Biennial Fiber Show, Shiawassee Arts Ctr., Owosso MI
2016 Honorable Mention, “Pisces Women 23 & 24”, MLH Biennial Fiber
Show, Dennos Museum Ctr., Traverse City MI
2011 Tied for 2nd Prize, “Mother & Child III”, Celebration of the Arts,
First United Methodist Church, Grand Rapids MI
2011 Best of Show, “Pisces Woman 17”, Figuratively Fiber, The Textile
Center, Minneapolis, MN
2009 Honorable Mention, “Textile Figure in Black, Brown, and Tan”,
Michigan League of Handweavers Biennial Conference
2000 Convergence Exhibit Award, “Garden Woman” tapestry/fabric
doll, Handweavers Guild of America
1999 HGA Honorable Mention, “Women in Transition” tapestry/fabric
sculpture triptych, MLH Biennial Conference
1999 Purchase Prize Award, “Woman in Transition I” tapestry sculpture
doll, Holland Area Arts Council, Holland MI
Imaginary Friend: Woman with...
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Imaginary Friend: Woman...
Imaginary Friend: Woman with a...
Imaginary Friend: Purple Spotted...
Imaginary Friend: Purple...
Imaginary Friend: Oak Leaf Woman
Leotard Angel: Brown, Black, Ochre
Leotard Angel: Pink
Leotard Angel: Brown, Copper, Blue