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. 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:
All the Small Moments with Molly Ringwald
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