Art is more than something we see and touch but also a way the artist speaks his or her truth. Fabric and paper, stitch and image are the tools I use to record the stories I find important, recognizing our world is fragmented but hoping we can heal. As a textile artist, I generally start with white fabric and develop the piece using a variety of dyeing and printing techniques. The final layer is typically stitched with dyed cords, adding detail and texture. I get excited about every phase of the creative process – choosing and researching the subject matter, selecting the fiber, experimenting with techniques to achieve the look I want, handling, even smelling the silk, linen, hemp or other fabric, discovering new colors with dye, making composition and design decisions as the work grows, stitching into the cloth, touching the embroidered textures of the finished piece – all of these are thrilling and fulfilling. Most rewarding is when this art graces a wall.