Born in Lancaster, California, my family moved to the Central Coast of California when I was in the 5th grade. During my high school years I discovered in myself a talent of design. I later studied design and ceramics at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, California. I lived in that community until I retired in 2006. I am the mother of 3 and grandmother of 5. I retired from the communications industry and my husband and I moved to the foothills of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
After our move, for the first time in 40 yrs of marriage, I have the luxury of extra time that isnít spent raising children and contributing to making a living. Iíve always had an interest in sewing and southwest design, so I began looking for materials to work with that would be readily available and conducive to the Colorado mountains lifestyle. I immediately fell in love with the soft and pliable deer skin available locally in an array of warm colors. My first deerskin pillow was made to decorate our living room sofa and I never stopped. Like my early years working with clay, I find that this medium has the natural organic feel that Iíve always been attracted to.
Currently Iím making 2 lines of pillows; the 1st is all deerskin, each design evolving from the shape of the individual hide to keep a very natural look. I embellish them with fringe, conchos, deer antler, rabbit fur or beads. These pillows are approximately 18Ē X 18Ē. In the 2nd line I use Zapotec Indian weavings with the deerskin. I like the bright colors used in the weavings to compliment the rich quality of the deerskin. I make the rug and leather pillows in a 16Ē X 16Ē and bed pillow shams by special order. All the pillows are hand laced, signed by the artist and stuffed with a polyester pillow form.
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