You live in one of our favorite America cities - Berkeley, California. How do your surroundings inspire your work?
Ah...the hills! And of course, the way the Bay catches the light to become liquid silver. I often use antique metals in my weavings and love the worn patina and hope it mimics my urban surroundings of cement while simultaneously paying homage to the San Francisco Bay. I take hikes with my dog, Moonshine, into the beautiful forests in the Berkeley hills and am in awe of the sunsets over the water and the earthiness of the place I am so so fortunate to call home. The wildflowers in February along the highways as well as beautiful spots in Marin County tend to influence my work with natural dyes.
You and your beautiful craftwork are being featured in our October Posy, Eldritch. Eldritch means strange, sinister and ghostly which really seems to embody the season of Fall, and especially the month of October. How do the seasons affect the kind of pieces that you are inspired to make and, specifically, how does autumn inspire your craft?
The changing of the seasons informs which yarns I choose...more textures and woolens for the cooler months versus light and airy thin metallics for warmer months. I grew up in the Northeast, so even after 15 years in Northern CA I am still growing accustomed to the (lack of) distinct seasons we have here. Its like rain or sun but always fairly mild in the Bay Area so this has encouraged me to look at the subtleties in nature. Amazing plants and flowers bloom all year long here so the variations of color I come in contact with daily are immense! For example, I am drawn to neutral palettes with pops of color. There is a wide range of tonality to nature here, whether it be the when the hills go from green to brighter green in the winter months, or how the dry coastal grasses become slightly less brown in the winter. And there also exist shocks of color almost everywhere you look. One of my favorite places to notice this is hiking the Berkeley hidden staircases, which are a labyrinth of stairs connecting beautiful old homes, ancient Redwoods, and masses of flora and fauna in the Berkeley hills. Up there you might turn a corner and spot an iridescent bellied hummingbird spazzing out next to a neon -hued cactus bloom. So much color and texture can be really informative for me back in the studio and searching for one ball of yarn to get a new piece going.
We love your logo and passionately agree with the importance of honoring your hands. One of the ways we incorporate the past and the present with our hands is through cooking. Do you like to cook, and if so, what are your favorite things to make?
OMG I LOVE to cook! First of all, it is the best time to also indulge in a glass of wine and secondly, to me, it feels like another way to be creative. But more importantly, it offers a chance to nurture those I love. I love sauces of ALL KINDS. So a fave meal for me always involves the following: coconut milk, turmeric, Braggs liquid aminos, nutritional yeast, garlic, tahini and well...ANYTHING YOU WANT TO PUT THIS ON!!! I am a terrible baker (being a GF vegan the deck is stacked against me) but I love to make warm bowls usually involving sweet potatoes, toasted seeds, and lots and lots of sauces! Also..color is so important to me when I am cooking. I want to see yellows, golds, reds, and greens on my plate.
Your work so beautifully expresses time and places in time. If you could spend one day in any TIME, what period or year would you transport yourself to? Why?