What I do
As an active teaching artist, I link communities through making art. I enjoy making alliances with a wide range of partners—in the classroom, in the community, and in health care settings. In a variety of ways I activate my signature materials—fabric, dye, paint, thread, paper, words with folks who are often new to the arts. They might step into my pop-up classroom as K-12 students, library patrons, university students, pediatric patients, or refugees. I love the spark of discovery. I love the relationship of text:textile. I love harnessing the collective energy of a group that is generated through cumulative and collaborative action. My work as a teaching artist is project driven. Projects can be individual (pop-up books) or communal (large wall pieces) or a hybrid of both, (Children’s picture books, art scarves, etc). Partnerships often include institutional sponsorship of a project anchored by a library, hospital, school, university, arts council, and/or museum. Projects have also included working with other teaching artists--writers, actors, graphic designers, painters--to help nourish creativity and connection in multiple disciplines.
Read more about my teaching artist practice in Surface Design News.