HOW I GOT STARTED
When I first told my partner's grandma, the first quilter I ever knew, that I was interested in learning how to quilt, she grabbed my arm, gave me a serious look, and said, "Buddy, you don't know how much fun you're gonna have."
And it's true! I've been having a blast ever since. I've been quilting since 2010, and it's been more fun and more rewarding than I could have imagined. What interests me most about quilting is that intersection between art and utility. As a quilter, I'm not just concerned with aesthetics, I'm also designing for comfort, warmth, security, and memory. I think about this with every quilt I make.
HOW I CHOOSE MY FABRICS
I love working with found fabrics: old clothes, worn-out linens, leftover shirting material, thrown-out umbrellas, and vintage tablecloths. I’m drawn to found materials like this because in addition to knowing that my art has helped reclaim perfectly usable resources, working with non-traditional fabrics imposes certain limitations on the design process which I find propel me to do more meaningful and interesting work.
MY DESIGN PROCESS
I rarely have an overall design mapped out in my head when I start a new project. I begin with a few scraps of fabrics whose colors, patterns, or textures complement one another, and go from there, piecing them together until I find an arrangement that is somehow surprising, intriguing, or unexpected.
CREATING A MEANINGFUL SPACE
My quilts are designed for people who want to create a meaningful, unique space in their home. Each piece I design is unique and custom-made for your home. I work with you to ensure that your quilt not only fits your aesthetic, but also that it will last for years, becoming a modern heirloom you can pass down to your loved ones.
Without a doubt, my biggest influences have been the quilters from Gee’s Bend: Irene Williams for her play and wit with fabric and Loretta P. Bennett for her use of irregular shapes. When it comes to color, I find the paintings of Jacob Lawrence resonate heavily. And I should pay due to Brooklyn and the city of New York; without its geometry and textures, my work today would not be the same.
Several magazines, websites, and galleries have featured my work. Recently, my work has appeared in:
Leland Ave Studios interview
The Art of Improv feature
Handle with Care in Melbourne, Australia (June 2018)
International Quilt Market (Houston, 2016)
Seattle Pacific Art Center (2015)
Fresh Cuts magazine