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70 Pinnacle Road, Canaan, Maine 04924  Phone: (207) 474-6519
Artist Profile

Description of my craft:
Unique functional and sculptural woolen felt made using a wet technique. Sculptural hats, vessels, jewelry, mittens, wraps, and installations.

Background Information:
I minored in the studio arts at the University of New Hampshire and work professionally as a pediatric occupational therapist. With experience in figure drawing, knitting, quilting, beading, basketry, and wool dyeing, I learned basic felting from a fiber friend in Maine. Advanced training was achieved with instructors from around the world at the American Felter's Fling 2003 and 2005. I am a co-founder of the River Roads Artisans Gallery in Skowhegan, Maine, a collaboratively administrated fine craft gallery.

Current 2010 Show Schedule:

  • New York Sheep and Wool Festival. Rhinebeck, NY. October 2002-2010
  • Grand Lake Stream Folk Art Festival. Grand Lake Stream, ME. July 2010
  • Maine Crafts Guild MDI Show. Bar Harbor, ME. July 30-August 1, 2010
  • (possible) Common Ground Country Fair. Unity, ME. September, 2010

Past Juried Craft Shows:

  • Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival. Killington, VT. September 2001.
  • Vermont Hand Crafters Holiday Show. Burlington, VT. November 2001, 2002, 2003.
  • Champlain Valley Folk Festival. Ferrisburgh, VT. August 2002.
  • Artrider Spring Crafts at Lyndhurst. Westchester, NY. May 2003.
  • Crafts at Rhinebeck. Rhinebeck, NY. June 2003
  • Solarfest. Poultney, VT. July 2003-4.
  • Artrider Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst. Westchester, NY. September 2003.
  • Artrider Fall Crafts at Park Avenue. New York, NY. October 2003.
  • Art Fest for Wolfe's Neck Farm. Freeport, ME. June 2007-8.
  • Maine Crafts Guild Portland East End Show. September 2009.
  • New York Sheep and Wool Festival. Rhinebeck, NY. October 2002-2010
  • Grand Lake Stream Folk Art Festival. Grand Lake Stream, ME. July 2008-10.

Juried Gallery Exhibits

Present:

  • Salt River Artisans Boothbay Harbor, ME 2006 to present
  • River Roads Artisans Gallery 2004 to present
  • Maine Crafts Association, West Gardiner Gallery 2009 ongoing
  • Island Artisans, Bar Harbor 2009 to present

Past:

  • Northeast Kingdom Artisan's Guild St. Johnsbury, VT 2001 to 2004
  • Artisan's Hand Montpelier, VT 2002 to 2004
  • The Silver Dragonfly Plattsburgh, NY 2002 to 2003
  • Frog Hollow Middlebury, Burlington, Manchester, VT 2002 to 2004
  • Foundation for Fiber Art Amherst, MA 2002 to 2004
  • The Society of Arts and Crafts Boston, MA 2002 to 2004
  • West Island Gallery Georgetown, ME 2002 to 2004
  • Portland Fiber Gallery and Weaving Studio Portland, Maine - 2002 to 2003
  • Margie's Muse Handweaving Jamaica, VT 2002 to 2003
  • Western Mountains Alliance Fiber Exhibition November 2006
  • River Tree Center for the Arts, "Fabulous Fibers" October 2007
  • Maine Fiberarts solo exhibition September 2008
  • Julie Artisans, New York, NY November 2009

Publicity:

  • Interweave Knits magazine, Summer 2003
  • Frog Hollow Burlington's Featured Artist October 2003
  • Fiberarts Design Book 7, 2004. Lark Books, Ashville, NC.
  • Knit One, Felt Too, 2003. Kathleen Taylor. Storey Publishing, North Adams, MA.
  • How We Felt, 2007. Carol Cypher. Interweave Press. Loveland, CO.
  • 1000 Artisan Textiles. Quarry Books. May 2010
  • Cabin Life Magazine, February 2010

Affiliations & Memberships:

Process:
My vessels are fashioned by felting wool batting or roving around an inflatable form in hot soapy water. The forms are stretched and shaped to suit the design and function; some become pot-shaped, and others more shallow baskets. Felt fabric is especially tough and durable. The baskets are given more form and structure with a coiled-wire weaving technique on the rims. No-rust, aluminum wire is used. Wool yarns, fabric strips, beads, and other natural materials may be woven in and around the wire. Other sculptural pieces are made from a resist technique using wet felting method.

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Mailing Address:
70 Pinnacle Rd.
Canaan, ME 04924
River Roads Artisans Gallery
219 North Avenue
Skowhegan, ME 04976
207-474-2310
www.riverroadsgallery.com
Open Wednesday through Saturday

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