I was raised in Berks County, Pennsylvania. As a child I became involved in traditional fiber crafts, learning to knit, crochet, embroider, and sew - including pattern drafting and tailoring. I attended the Indiana University of Pennsylvania where I majored in Art Education. During my undergraduate and graduate work I developed a deep interest in weaving and I acquired my first loom not long after I graduated college. I started The Wandering Vine in late 2002, becoming a full-time professional weaver. I work on a 45", 4 harness Schact floor loom. My concentration is in creating clothing for women and men. I design and weave my own yardage, and tailor the yardage myself. My garment designs are original patterns I designed myself or are based on traditional garment shapes.
I spend much time experimenting with the interplay of color and weave structure. I do a great deal of my own dyeing in both cottons and wool so that I have more control over the way the color is laid into a garment.
My work can be seen at various fine craft shows and fiber festivals throughout Pennsylvania, New York, and Maryland, I have won numerous awards for my work, including artistic excellence at the Three Rivers Arts Festival and Best Fiber in Show at the New Hope Arts and Crafts Festival. I am a member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and was awarded master craftsman status in that organization in April, 2006.