I first felted as a student at the Rhode Island School of Design many years ago. It was an extracurricular, haphazard affair, where I danced and threw snow upon the fibers. It was a one-off and different from the structured weaving that had drawn me to study textiles. My senior project was a series of mixed media headdress sculptures. Afterwards, I took wonderful millinery classes at Fashion Institute of Technology (NY).
Yet sadly, for many years the enchantment of creating lay dormant while I pursued jobs and family. Serendipitously, in 2011, I borrowed a library book on felting hats. It was my eureka moment: a craft which combined my love of colorful fiber, with my passion for hats. I began to felt hats in earnest. Each hat led to further creative and technical explorations. I sold my hats online, via Etsy, and participated in local craft fairs and Open Studios in Norwich, UK. A clear path had been established which to grow upon. However, in 2014 I relocated back to the US. I’m really excited to participate in the local arts and crafts environment.