Everyday scenes have always inspired me -of fathers, mothers and children in daily, ordinary views of life. Using an ordinary medium of fabric and thread more akin to woman's handiwork than fine art, is also an inspiration to me. As I pull my needle through the fabric, I'm connected to my mother, my grandmother, my great grandmothers and the woman before us, for hundreds of years, who have brought beauty to their homes with bits of cloth and thread.
First drawing out ideas, I then create a pattern and raw edge appliqué the cut out pieces of fabric, held down onto a background with hand embroidery or "couching". Not a new invention, the technique was popular turn of the twentieth century, coming out of the Glasgow School of Arts in Scotland. Unusual today and in the United States, my fabric and thread illustrations have been recognized by National Public Radio, appeared in several children's magazines- winning the 2014 Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) merit award and have been juried into shows across Colorado, most recently in the Santa Fe Arts District in Denver. My work can also be purchased through my online Etsy store at Stitched By Moonflower