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My rugs begin with an inspiration. Either a geometric motif or a tickle of color-blend that I notice somewhere in my world. I graph out a design, next comes picking the fabrics. I study how the textures and color relate, how the printed images make patterns. I tweak and blend until the colors speak to the geometric shapes and vice versa. Until together they dance and sing. My hand woven rugs combine the lively color fields of rag rugs with the geometric possibilities of tapestry.

I borrow from the rag rug tradition where strips of many varied cotton fabrics (prints, solids, checks, and textures) -- the weft -- are woven row by row to achieve evocative color striations. The hand-manipulated tapestry technique allows me to join one fabric strip next to another and as the rows and color sections progress, shapes - stars, leaves, hearts, flowers and diamonds - emerge. Although time consuming, the process is fun and satisfying.

For the warp (the cords that hold the weaving design together) I use a strong, cabled cotton, whose colors I select to blend with the weft fabrics. My weaving differs from traditional tapestry in that I leave this warp exposed, resulting in a lively, rich, and complex color statement in each of my rugs.