I began to create woolen sculptures in 2009 after a tumultuous period in my life. Out in the peaceful woods of Sonoma, I started to gather large, gnarled branches that had dropped onto the forest floor. A week of total quiet and a huge skein of yarn led to the creation of my first wool branches.
Eventually, my thoughts turned to exploring other types of materials. I was drawn to the idea of softening historically male-oriented objects with beautiful, colorful yarn.
Tempering objects which have prototypically masculine or violent connotations is one of the most intriguing elements of working with tools. I have an extremely different, almost familial, relationship with them after gentling them with plush, richly colored fiber.