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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. 

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...

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