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a bit about me

I am a poet, dancer, quilt-maker, curator and community organizer, doing my part in the greater human project of evolution by making spaces for people to come together and MAKE. 

I try to pay attention to the world around and within me. 

 

Here: some reports from the field. 

January 21, 2018

I'll be teaching this special day long version of my improvisational patchwork class TWICE in February! 

Saturday, February 17th at PortFiber in East Bayside, and Sunday February 25th at ASSEMBLE, the fab new maker space over in Berlin, NH. Details and links below! Space is limited in both venues, so register early to save a spot. 


Do you love color, texture, design, and pattern? Are you a fan of juxtaposition, fascinated with how things come together? Have you always wanted to learn to make a quilt, but fussy construction, complicated measurements, and traditional patterns just aren’t for you? In this workshop, we’ll practice slowing down, paying attention and putting the pieces together. Using improvisational approaches to design as metaphors for composing our lives, we’ll spend time playing with fabric, hand-piecing a small wall hanging, and exploring several methods of backing and finishing our work. 

Bring your own lunch and/or something to share for potluck!

Saturday, Febr...

July 27, 2016

Thank you all so much for your interest in my newest garment, the linen patchwork dress! I made the first prototype in a recent Cal Patch workshop at A Gathering of Stitches, where I'm the Studio Manager, and lucky enough to work on my designs, while soaking up inspiration and guidance from the other makers and shakers who work there.

After posting a few photos of the dress online, I've been (happily!) overwhelmed by the warm response, sweet comments, and inquiries from folks about how to go about getting one.  I've been burning the midnight oil tweaking the pattern, playing with the lines, sourcing beautiful linens, and making yardage for the patchwork details.

To bring a garment from sketch to marketplace is quite a journey indeed! I'm learning so much with every step. I feel my mind and imagination stretching (like fabric on the bias!) as I ponder each detail, and decide how I want to proceed.  I'll wax poetic about all of this later, but for now, some details!

In...

May 31, 2015

 

Umbrella Prints is the beautiful collaborative endeavor of textile designers Amy Prior and graphic designer Carly Schwerdtan. The Australian textile house specializes in organic printed fabrics that feature sweet and simple hand-drawn designs in unusual colorways.   As part of their focus on sustainability, they save every bit of their beautiful fabrics, even the smallest pieces (known as "trimmings") that are left over when cutting out patterns for various projects. Every spring, they throw down a challenge to artists, designers, quilters, thinkers and makers of all tpes to create and share something they've made with a Trimmings Pack.  

 

There's a special category for quilters, with Maura Ambrose of Folk Fibers at the helm as the industry judge.  I've been in love with Umbrella Prints since I first discovered them at Nido, in Burlington, VT a few years ago. As an improvisational quiltmaker, with a love for juxtaposition and count...

April 15, 2015

 

4.15.15 

Ode to an Ordinary Moment

 

oh first green things:
you are the dearest 
to me now,
having traveled so far 
from ever hidden 
to finally here.

 

As a way to celebrate National Poetry Month, and also re-ignite my own writing practice, I am committing to write a poem every day in April.  I'm calling the series "Ode to an Ordinary Moment."  The idea is to tune my attention to the tiny, to the every day, to whatever's right under my nose. I'll post them here, but you can follow along as well on Instagram (#odetoanordinarymoment). 

Happy Poetry Month!

April 14, 2015

 

4.14.15 

Ode to an Ordinary Moment

 

dear way the wind takes 
the sky end of trees:
you remind me 
i am small. 
and also, how beautiful 
are bodies in unison.

 

As a way to celebrate National Poetry Month, and also re-ignite my own writing practice, I am committing to write a poem every day in April.  I'm calling the series "Ode to an Ordinary Moment."  The idea is to tune my attention to the tiny, to the every day, to whatever's right under my nose. I'll post them here, but you can follow along as well on Instagram (#odetoanordinarymoment). 

Happy Poetry Month!

April 13, 2015

 

4.13.15 

Ode to an Ordinary Moment

 

dear windows 
on the first warm day:
all winter long 
we longed to throw 
you open. 
not just lift, but throw. 
as in casting off 
every last grip 
of winter's stale 
encumbrance.

 

 

As a way to celebrate National Poetry Month, and also re-ignite my own writing practice, I am committing to write a poem every day in April.  I'm calling the series "Ode to an Ordinary Moment."  The idea is to tune my attention to the tiny, to the every day, to whatever's right under my nose. I'll post them here, but you can follow along as well on Instagram (#odetoanordinarymoment). 

Happy Poetry Month!

April 12, 2015

 

4.12.15 

Ode to an Ordinary Moment

 

As a way to celebrate National Poetry Month, and also re-ignite my own writing practice, I am committing to write a poem every day in April.  I'm calling the series "Ode to an Ordinary Moment."  The idea is to tune my attention to the tiny, to the every day, to whatever's right under my nose. I'll post them here, but you can follow along as well on Instagram (#odetoanordinarymoment). 

Happy Poetry Month!

April 11, 2015

 

4.11.15 

Ode to an Ordinary Moment

 

As a way to celebrate National Poetry Month, and also re-ignite my own writing practice, I am committing to write a poem every day in April.  I'm calling the series "Ode to an Ordinary Moment."  The idea is to tune my attention to the tiny, to the every day, to whatever's right under my nose. I'll post them here, but you can follow along as well on Instagram (#odetoanordinarymoment). 

Happy Poetry Month!

April 10, 2015

 

4.10.15 

Ode to an Ordinary Moment

 

dear time it takes the fog 
to make the backyard 
disappear:
i see your flush of metaphor 
and raise you 
this wide bowl 
of bright and tiny clementines.

 

 

As a way to celebrate National Poetry Month, and also re-ignite my own writing practice, I am committing to write a poem every day in April.  I'm calling the series "Ode to an Ordinary Moment."  The idea is to tune my attention to the tiny, to the every day, to whatever's right under my nose. I'll post them here, but you can follow along as well on Instagram (#odetoanordinarymoment). 

Happy Poetry Month!

April 9, 2015

 

4.9.15 

Ode to an Ordinary Moment

 

As a way to celebrate National Poetry Month, and also re-ignite my own writing practice, I am committing to write a poem every day in April.  I'm calling the series "Ode to an Ordinary Moment."  The idea is to tune my attention to the tiny, to the every day, to whatever's right under my nose. I'll post them here, but you can follow along as well on Instagram (#odetoanordinarymoment). 

Happy Poetry Month!

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