Well, a story always has a beginning and here is mine.
As a child growing up in Manhattan, we lived in the Eastern European area called Yorkville, on the corner of E. 72nd st. and York Ave. to be exact. My mom’s parents being from Slovakia just naturally gravitated there upon immigration. Once a year there would be a parade in the neighborhood and the people would march in their native costumes. Even as a five year old I was fascinated by the embroidery and ribbons of the Slovak, Czech and Hungarian dress.
About six years later I was walking by a needlepoint shop and again was just enthralled by the colors of the threads and canvases, so I took my baby sitting money and bought a kit. My first downfall!!
If you’ve read the about me section, you’ll remember that I am a retired opera singer. I have a B.Mus. and M.Mus in vocal performance. As a student, I sang with the professional opera companies in the area. The costumes continued to feed my lust for fabric, embroidery, beading etc. Later, as I started to sing with other companies and travel the world, I would bring little projects with me during the rehearsals down time. Trust me. You need something to do while the tenor keeps screwing up his music :-).
Jump ahead ten years. I’m a new mom and guess what happened? I walked by a quilt shop! The downward spiral continues. I could not get enough of the luscious fabrics. I took my first class and was hooked. That was in 1985 and I’m still a fiber and textile junkie. I’ve taught quilting, embroidery
During that time I was a wife and mother. That marriage ended in 2009. My daughter is a policy analyst in D.C. Momma’s very proud.
In 2011 I met Shawn, my amateur astronomer. When able, we travel around in our 5th wheel RV going to Star Parties (a nice term for astronomy geeks to get together, camp and star gaze) quilt shops and shows. I will be reviewing those in future posts.
So there you have it, my story, the reason I love textile arts.
My question to you: What has inspired you to be a textile artist?