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When I was a little girl, I spent countless hours playing dress up in front of the mirror. I enjoyed mixing prints and bold colors to create a unique style. Hunting for vintage clothing was my favorite hobby. The quality and workmanship was always unparalleled to what was sold at the mall. My passion for fabric and prints grew, and I later studied fashion design and merchandising in San Francisco. I had stints working as a stylist in both print and runway and as a general manager of a clothing chain. I decided to open my own business in 1994, and Damsel in a Dress was born. However, fifteen glorious years later (and a set of twin baby boys) I chose to focus on raising my sons and closed up shop. Now with teenagers in the house, I'm back in action. This time, exploring my artistic passions through fiber art, painting and pattern design.
I consider myself a multi-media artist. I work with mediums such as high quality yarns and natural elements, like driftwood. I also paint with acrylics and watercolor and like to create multi-layered collages. I believe that working in a single medium is restrictive to my artistic process. Each idea manifests in its own individual style, and requires an open mind. Every tapestry and wall hanging is one of a kind. I embrace imperfections, as they are humble reminders that beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder.
I enjoy traveling the world with my husband and boys. I especially love beach towns and small villages in Italy. I also fantasize about living in Paris one day (or at least a very long vacation). I'm obsessed with color theory and the mixing of palettes to create moods and feelings. Coming up with a color scheme is the most fun and challenging part of my work. I get inspiration by visiting museums, small independent galleries and open art studios throughout the Bay Area. I am a big advocate of supporting local artists.