I am an artist and art educator living in South Orange,New Jersey.  I have been drawn to fibers since my three years of elective sewing classes in high school.  In the early 1970's, I had a macramé business with a friend.  In art school, I found my way to the fibers department, and have been in love with fiber work ever since.  In addition to my own artwork, over the years I have sewn amazing costumes for my children, created woven and painted silk talit (Jewish prayer shawls), and more recently,  created painted silk chuppahs (Jewish wedding canopies). I have also designed and led community fiber projects using tapestry, felt, and painted silk techniques.  Another fiber artist recently pointed out to me that we spend almost every moment of our lives touched by fibers.  I love working in a medium that is so rich in history and importance to our civilization.

Following my graduation from Philadelphia College of Art with a degree in Art Education and a studio concentration in Fibers, I was fortunate to find two very different jobs that suited me perfectly and set me upon the path which I have followed to this day.

The first position was teaching fibers in the pre-college summer program and in  the evening school of Philadelphia College of Art.  My instructors in the Fibers Department recognized and encouraged my abilities as a teacher and I loved teaching fibers to a diverse group of adults, as well as to high school students in the pre-college summer program. Many years later when my own children were in elementary school, I decided to try what I had been trained to do in college, that is to be an art teacher.  I taught at a local pre K-2 elementary school for eleven years.  It was a great joy to introduce art to these very young eager students.  I spent a great deal of time and energy teaching about the importance of art in our lives, and designed many community art projects that had great impact on the school, the students, and their families. After many years at the elementary level,  I decided to make a giant leap and began teaching in the high school.  This was a great opportunity to grow as an educator and to see many of the students I had taught early on, now on the other end of their public school careers.  I teach drawing, design, and my first love...fibers. I love to teach students how to become more personally expressive in their work, and continue to find ways to use art in community-building.

My second post-college job was one that was advertised as a "part-time position, knowledge of weaving and sewing necessary."  I thought this was meant for me, though I had no idea what the job was.  I got the position as an oriental rug restorer for a rug cleaning business, learned what I could, and then began working on my own.  When I moved from Philadelphia to New York with my husband, I easily found work from dealers and collectors in Manhattan.  More importantly for me as an artist, was the influence the rugs had on my artistic expression and design aesthetic.  I studied the symbolism and structure of  rugs, I saved all the bits and pieces that I removed from the rugs, and incorporated them into my own work.  I continue to be fascinated by the use of borders, and the concept of the "sky gate".  As the viewer looks down into the center field of a rug, the viewer is meant to be transported to another place,  a more heavenly place, and at the same time, a more internal place. This is a concept that has remained  important to me, and continues to run through much of my own work all these years later.

 

EDUCATION

1972 – 1975         PHILADELPHIA COLLEGE OF ART

                              BFA Art Education, Fibers studio concentration

1970 – 1972         BOSTON UNIVERSITY

EXPERIENCE

1994 - Present      Art Teacher / High School and Elementary

1976 - 1982         Oriental Rug Restorer

1976 - 1978        Fibers Instructor/College

EXHIBITIONS


2016                    What We Keep, Pierro Gallery, South Orange, NJ

2015                    The Great Craft Exhibiton, The Belskie Museum of Art & Science, Closter, NJ

                           New Jersey Arts Annual:Crafts , Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ
         
                           11 Point Perspective, Pierro Gallery, South Orange, NJ

2014                    Expressions of the Natural World, Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ

2013                    New Jersey Arts Annual:Currents in Contemporary Craft, Noyes Arts Garage,
                                     Atlantic City, NJ

                           Warp and Woof-18 Solo Projects, Rupert Ravens Nexxt, Paterson, NJ
                   
                              Fiber577, 577 Foundation, Perrysburg, OH and Angelwood Gallery, Grand Rapids, OH

                           Fiber Art, Poudre Studio Artists and Galleries, Fort Collins, CO


 Texture and Trails, D & R Greenway Landtrust Gallery, Princeton, NJ

2011                   Counterparts, Alfa Art Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ

                           
 Uncommon Threads, Artworks, Trenton, NJ

2010                   Garden Path SeriesMichaelian & Kohlberg, Summit, NJ

                           
 Reaching Out/Reaching InThe Pierro Gallery of South Orange, NJ


2008                   Mushroom Basket SeriesThe Pierro Gallery Juried Craft Sale


2006                   Stairs, The Dancing Goat, South Orange, NJ


2004                   Synopsis @ 10, Pierro Gallery of South Orange


2001                   Portals Collages, Summit JCC, Summit, NJ


2000                   Portals Collages, The Pierro Gallery, South Orange, NJ


1987                   Fibers Underfoot, Hoffman Gallery, Oregon School of Arts


1984                   Country of Origin, USA:  A decade of Contemporary Rugs

                                     The Textile Museum, Washington, D.C.      Exhibition tour South America