Long ago, I felted as a student at the Rhode Island School of Design. It was an extracurricular, haphazard one-off affair, involving dance and snow. It was different from the colorful weaving that drew me to textiles, which proved too linear and led to other textiles. For my senior project, I made a series of mixed media headdress sculptures. Afterwards, I took millinery classes at Fashion Institute of Technology (NY) and did some freelancing in costume shops.
However, the enchantment of creating went into dormancy while I pursued day jobs and parenthood. Serendipitously, in 2011, I borrowed a library book on wet felting hats. It was my eureka moment: a craft which combined my love of colorful fiber, with my passion for hats. Inspired by the natural world and fairy tales, I felt colorful and sculptural hats. Each hat leads to further creative and technical explorations, always with the goal of a flattering hat.
I’ve sold hats via Etsy, local craft fairs, and Open Studios in Norwich, UK. In 2014, I relocated back to the US. I joined the Craftsmen’s Guild and did AFITP in 2016. In doing so, I’ve started to become part of Pittsburgh’s arts community.