Art and creating things by hand have fed my soul since early childhood. My maternal grandparents Tom and Madeline Barragan had a home full of wonderful art and interesting curiosities everywhere one looked. I was encouraged from an early age to make things – creating was a natural part of my life.
Beginning with a crochet hook and yarn in the 60s, moving on to stringing peace necklaces and sewing my own clothes in the 70s to quilting and embellishing said quilts in the 80s and 90s, fiber and beads have always been my chosen mediums. I incorporate my hand-dyed and hand-painted fabrics with beads, dichroic glass cabochons and bead embroidery to produce distinctive pieces of jewelry.
I have always been facinated with color and detail, and these facinations are reflected in my work. I find great inspiration in each step of the process of creating a new piece from choosing the base fabric and cabochons to gathering the beads to the beadweaving and embriodery. I hope you find pleasure in them as well.