Let's just say my current work has a high-fiber content.
When I began building puppets, I learned to work with materials common in contemporary American puppetry: fleece, foam, latex, and various adhesives. I worked with Barry Gordemer of Handemonium Puppets and count myself fortunate to have had him as a mentor, a teacher, and a friend. My practice has changed dramatically over the years, spurred on, in part, by becoming a mom and wanting to keep my studio (and my home) free of toxic materials and hazardous chemicals requiring ventilation.
About fifteen years ago, I found my way to wool. It was love at first touch. There is an alchemy about working with wool: wispy fibers become solid forms using olive oil soap, friction, and water. It is akin to sculpting with clouds. I do not have many regrets in my life, but I do wish I had found my way to felting when I was very young.
In my quest to learn more, I have completed online studies with Fiona Duthie and traveled to study with Lisa Klakulak (North Carolina, USA) and Gladys Paulus (UK). When I studied with Gladys, I flew to Germany and took two courses with her at Wollknoll, near Fichtenberg in the southern region. I am so thankful to all of my teachers, my students, and my family who puts up with my ever increasing stash of wool.
I have focused my fiber work in puppetry, and I have developed techniques for creating durable puppets using wet-felting techniques. It's been a steep learning curve! I have also forayed into creating whimsical pieces, just for the joy of it. Stay tuned as it is ever evolving!