I have always loved language. Words have power and meaning can shift with the substitution of a single word in a sentence. It was my love of language that led me to explore Arabic in college. I enjoyed carefully making each loop in the foreign letters and relished the fact that a missing dot could change a word. I appreciated that the language followed a strict and well-organized root system. Love for that language led to a Middle Eastern Studies degree and later, a Master’s degree in Islam. As a result, Islamic art in the form of geometric tile work from the great Muslim palaces and mosques of the world became a source of inspiration for my quilts.
I soon felt the need, however, to make more a statement with my work and I began a series called “Protest Quilts.” I use the soft form of fabric to grapple with the hard subjects of women’s inequality, xenophobia, and mass shootings. Each quilt begins with a statement of intent, sometimes overtly political and other times simply “Remember.” I then create the quilts, often incorporating words themselves in English or Arabic, imbuing meaning stitch by stitch.
Included in: Amish Quilts: The Adventure Continues: Featuring 21 Projects from Traditional to Modern, edited by Lynn Koolish, 2013
Illustrations for: Ravaging Rio and the Ghost in the Library, self-published, 2016.
“The Quilt Life as a Mother,” The Quilt Life, December 2013
“Ruth B. McDowell: A Quilter’s Career,” Quilter’s Newsletter, August/September 2011
“A Quilter’s Dictionary of Household Terms,” Quilter’s Newsletter, April/ May 2010
Quilt University, 2008 – 2013
Rising Star Quilters Guild, Lexington, MA, 2015, 2016
Vermont Quilt Festival, Essex Junction, VT, 2010
Garden State Quilters Guild, Westfield, NJ, 2007
American Quilter’s Society
Craft Industry Alliance
International Quilt Association
Studio Art Quilt Associates
Master of Theological Studies – Islamic Studies, Harvard Divinity School
Bachelor of Arts – Middle Eastern Studies and Religious Studies, University of Virginia