Drawing, sewing and spinning tales were simply a part of my life as a child. My mom and I would sit for hours, poring over books on historical fashions for some super detailed Halloween costume I wanted, or finding patterns for quilt blocks from the 1850s and trying to make them. I loved what we made, but I loved learning the history just as much, and I would make up stories to go along with whatever I was making.
I grew up in a little gray house in Upstate New York, surrounded by woods we were convinced were inhabited by fauns and fae creatures. My brother and I played in those woods for hours in all seasons, and then came home and watched old movies, played games, and read books with our parents and grandparents.
When it was time to make college plans, I packed my bags and ventured to the midwest where I was lucky enough to be able to work on a BFA in Interdisciplinary Arts, Art History and Creative Writing at the Kansas City Art Institute, and also take a little jaunt to Paris for a summer study abroad course in 2010, which is the year I graduated. I was again lucky enough to have a slew of teachers who were not only brilliant themselves but encouraged me to pursue my own unique and very broad set of interests. I spent my summers back in New York, working at our town library in the Youth Services department where I fell in love with teaching, and took a job as a preschool teacher when I graduated.
Years later, I'm so grateful to be able to expand my business, to have amazing customers who continue to support my work, and people in my life who are, simply, the best. Currently, when I'm not in my studio, I work as an art teacher at a school for Autistic children and young adults in upstate NY.
This making of things for others is where my heart is, and will continue to evolve and grow no matter where life takes me. Thanks for visiting, for taking the time to get to know me, and I hope you find something here that makes you smile.
"Where does it all lead? What will become of us? These are our young questions, and young answers were revealed. It leads to each other. We become ourselves."