How I Make, Why I Make
In hardware stores I forage for materials normally used to plumb, clean, insulate. Then I collect raw wool, natural plant dyes, pinecones, pods, wood. All are equally beautiful to me: machine buffer elements appear as delicate doilies, pinecones hold sacred geometry and copper tubing bends like vines. New hybrid forms are born of the intermingling of these materials: the mass produced joins the handmade, the industrial marries the organic, building supplies become animated.
I am a hybrid of the visually-predictable spaces of California suburbia where I was raised, the urban environment where I now live, and the natural world which I long for. My materials and processes reflect my childhood as a 4-H state-fair crafter who liked to experiment in the high-school chemistry lab and dreamt of the forest.